Ranjith Sreenivas

3:14 PM, 21st Jun 2018

Contemporary Challenges in Leadership Skills:

 In the ever changing world, the situations which demanded leadership styles of yesteryear s have undergone a sea change. The styles of leadership and outcome expected also have to be changed to the current scenario. Thus the observation of the current scenario is of utmost importance.

 Attention deficit:

   It is the Prime most reason for sub optimal results. The Problem’s roots can be identified in indulgence of too many things. Multi-tasking has its own boundaries and beyond certain point becomes pointless. Always focusing our energies leads to success.  Too much crowding of works will affect focus and will deliver sub optimal results. A Leader shouldn’t be drawn into this vortex.

Flattening of hierarchy:

  The leadership styles in the preceding decades were mostly authoritarian but the complexities of today’s business have changed the leadership dramatically. Augmentation of personnel’s capabilities due to technological innovations demands collective participative leadership. Distance between the leaders and the team members has decreased considerably. This flattening demands a blend of limited authority with collective responsibility.

Integrated view of things:

  No company works in silos anymore. An integrated approach to leadership is needed. Blending the specialist view and generalist view needed to be developed to rise as a leader. Being proficient in his area and not losing the big picture is what a leader requires. Listening to his surroundings is an important attribute to achieve this. Integral view has created successful leaders in the past and will continue to do so in the future as well.

Too much socialization:

  Too much personal information is today available in the public domain. Simple trifles are being publicized as great success. Rather than enduring for long term results peer pressure’s him for immediate success. He might be driven by the perception of him by others. Many are driven by perception oriented activities rather by results oriented. He is also anxious and fearful not to fail.

Delegation of works:

  A successful leader knows how to delegate his work. He should be both a people’s leader and objective in his work. To find the right person for the right work and to grant him right authority and independence to carry out the work is the most important trait a leader must possess. A leader has to be catalyst without participating in the reaction but has to speed up the reaction. By delegating a leader can free him of the less prioritized works and can concentrate on his core capabilities.

 A period of uncertainty:

  The world has entered into fourth industrial revolution. The things are changing so rapidly. What was  popular years before has become obsolete today. In these trying times, leaders have to internalize lifelong learning to avoid the steep and immediate fall. One has to constantly scan for the new technologies, managerial styles and be mindful of his own actions to avoid the steep descend. A person’s attribute comes out only at the time of distress. Thus a leader should be more vigilant in these times of change.


Thus a leader should possess all the capabilities above mentioned and should stand above those challenges which bog him down to the ground. He should steer himself and others in the process. Times ahead are going to be stressful and outcome oriented thus peoples who aspire to those positions has to abide themselves to the laws and principles of the nature and strive hard to achieve it.

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