Ever since human beings started gathering together in couples, families, tribes, clans or nations, there have been leaders – someone whom everybody looked to for direction in terms of what the group should do.
Among the next generation of family business leaders, three in four have big plans to take their business forward. However, generational challenges persist, largely in the areas of digital and innovation.
HR managers are always working hard to engage workers, create a positive company culture, and increase retention rates so that businesses don’t have to spend time and money on continually finding new staff members.
Companies spend months sourcing top leaders for their executive teams at great cost, yet often these newly appointed leaders fail to perform to expectation, which further impacts on the morale and bottom line of an organisation.
As it becomes increasingly clear that yesterday’s leaders are just that – yesterday’s leaders – so the search has to begin for tomorrow’s leaders – people who have the ability to see in three directions as they lead their countries, communities or companies into the future.
There are many definitions of leadership and most, if not all of them, have some value and relevance. Because I continually challenge myself to distil concepts to their most essential meaning so they apply to people at all levels, my definition of leadership is “taking people to a better reality”.
As pressure mounts on South Africa’s leader to face facts and step down, it might be worth asking ourselves who actually picks the leaders we have, whether they be political leaders, business leaders, community leaders or religious leaders.