In the first part of this blog, we discussed the need to develop emotional intelligence.
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What is the most important skill for a 21st-century leader? Not a simple question. Part 2

by Buddy Hobart | Posted on September 29th, 2015

In the first part of this blog, we discussed the need to develop emotional intelligence. In the 21st century, leaders will need to understand their impact and work diligently on constantly improving their EQ.

While I do believe this is critical, it also must be coupled with a leader’s ability to think strategically. Leadership is tactical, operational and strategic. Strategic leadership requires a different mindset and a different set of skills. There is a natural evolution to one’s management capabilities that ultimately leads to a leadership role.

In the beginning, a manager learns about the business and seems to “have all the answers.” As the evolution continues, one assumes a supervisory role because they understand the organization and are the best at a given task. They, therefore, seem to have all of the answers.

Unfortunately, many managers “die on the vine” because they do not continue their development. Having all of the answers is only the first part of the equation. As one begins to develop their strategic leadership skills, it is no longer about answers, but about asking the right questions. Read the rest at the Solutions 21 Blog >

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