Navigating these times of uncertainty, volatility and complexity needs a more creative style of leadership where different skill- and mindsets become increasingly important.
In an article published by the World Economic Forum in 2020, 4 characteristics of successful future leaders are selected:
Curiosity. Leaders need to cultivate a “growth mindset”, as described by the American psychologist Carol Dweck
Resilience. Most of us don’t find constant and rapid change easy to deal with. Leaders need to be resilient in order to cope with these changes rather than get sidetracked or intimidated.
"We" mentality. This kind of mindset goes beyond collaboration across teams. Leaders need to be bridge-builders and lead beyond their own functions, units and borders.
Flexibility. Especially in global companies, adaptability both in terms of content and culture will be key.