Times have changed, people have changed, and so has the leadership.
People had more respect for authorities in the past, and it doesn’t matter if we talk about managers, kings, or priests. Nowadays, in the era when mass media try to make from us fools who blindly follow their guidance, in a time when the cult of personality has become new religion, it is difficult as ever to lead someone in a meaningful direction–meaningful for them, for the company, for humanity.
Leaders need to get close to people, on a personal level. They need to win their hearts, to be someone others desire to follow.
Attract, believe, and connect
One of the most famous speakers on leadership, John Maxwell, once said that leaders have to attract, believe and connect. He hit the nail on head with this brief definition. He described a philosophy of a successful leader of 21st century in three simple words.
You can stick to Maxwell’s philosophy. On the top of that, you can always say what you personally do to attract people, to show them that you believe in your vision and in their abilities, and to connect with them, in a right way. Let’s have a look at sample answer.
Good leader should fit perfectly into the organization. They should understand the climate and working environment, the goals and visions. They should adjust their actions accordingly. They should be a role model people want to follow and listen to, naturally. They should be attractive, not with their looks but with their thoughts, attitudes to work, and actions. They should be able to get close to the heart of every single employee. What is more, they should have confidence in their own vision of life and work. They should be able to connect with the others, doesn’t matter if we talk about people from outside of the company, business partners, politicians, or the employees from within. This is my view of a great leader, and I try to become one.