The question of whether or not leaders are born or made has been debated for centuries. In theory, they should be able to handle the challenges of leadership no matter where they come from. They’ll have to be constantly retrained if they’re made. They will always have someone to turn to when they don’t know what to do, whether they are born or made. But what happens when everyone is confronted with a situation that no one has ever encountered, like the recent global pandemic?’
A leader’s answers and mannerisms appear to be predetermined by birth, if this is true. Some people refer to them as “intuitive leaders,” because of the way they seem to be able to guide both themselves and others through difficult times. To make matters worse, a new threat emerged in 2020 that has caused everyone’s mindset to shift and adapt to a brand new normal. People turn to leaders for guidance at these times.
However, you have to wonder if natural leaders have a cap on their abilities. How prepared are they for any situation, big or small? When it comes to leadership, is it really a gift? And, if so, did they receive their education in such an environment? Many people grew up in homes where their parents were successful business owners. It is also possible that their father was a CEO of a large corporation. Parents and colleagues of their parents have likely discussed the importance of being a responsible leader, making tough decisions, focusing on the vision and mission of the company and many other aspects of leadership with these children. At first glance, it appears that they were predisposed to leadership roles by their very nature. The truth of the matter is that they were taught almost from the moment they were born.
Ghengis Khan, Alexander the Great, and Hannibal all had fathers who were great leaders – either kings or generals – in history. In contrast to the majority of people, the men I’ve mentioned were educated in a unique way. Perhaps they were the product of their environment.
Others, on the other hand, have never known a world in which there were any leaders. Some went through formal education, while others worked in an organisation that provided training and opportunities to put their leadership education to work. Most people can see right away that they were bred to be leaders.
That being said, what are the current trends in leadership? Nobody in recent history has had to deal with this kind of crisis before. How many of today’s leaders were alive in 1919 when the flu pandemic struck? Furthermore, the global economy has made the world smaller and more interconnected than it has ever been. We all rely on other countries for manufacturing, food, or services in some way. We’re all in this together this time.
It’s possible that this is the moment when we learn to leverage each other in a new way. It’s also a good chance to brush up on our ability to adapt to constant change. That’s not to say there isn’t any stability, but I’m not saying there is. I’m saying that technology and globalisation are accelerating the pace of change in the world. In light of the global pandemic, we may need to shift our mindsets and adapt to the ever-changing and uncertain world around us.
There must be an openness to new ideas while maintaining the integrity of the current business models in order to succeed. New paradigms frequently necessitate the acquisition of new skills, knowledge, mindsets, and the capacity to generate previously unseen data. It also necessitates a degree of risk-taking. On the other hand, a new paradigm can be disruptive and extremely successful, like the iPhone. On the other hand, it has the potential to go awry. However, as with Post-Its, the lessons learned can serve as a springboard for new possibilities.
Executives would have to undergo significant training and transformation in order to build such a nimble business. Training the rest of the organisation is next on our to-do list. In the face of today’s global pandemic, leadership may not have all the answers simply because of this kind of training. It simply means that their mental agility has improved as a result of their transformational training. As a result, they are less reactive than those who maintain the status quo. They will be better able to step back and look at the landscape for opportunities as they leverage the brain power of their colleagues.
How are you preparing for the new normal?