Skills Leadership Roles Demand in the Digital Era

Skills Leadership Roles Demand in the Digital Era


Irrespective of being a leader, everyone has a fair idea about leadership roles. Some are inherent like empathy, and some you imbibe over the years like administrative tasks. There are specific traits that give you a chance to being chosen for a leadership role. What are those characteristics that make teams follow a leader wholeheartedly? In this article at IMD, discover those traits that would make you fit for all leadership roles.

Categories of Leadership Roles

Relationship Management

According to a Gallup study, when people are engaged, deliveries have 41 percent fewer quality issues, and teams are 21 percent more productive. For people to heed your words, they must know, like, and respect you. Be adaptable to inspire others to respond to change positively.

Provide people a forum to express and exchange innovative thoughts. You also need to align your thoughts with the company values and make decisions that benefit corporate goals. Usually, leaders spend 24 percent of their time resolving conflicts. So, you must earn team’s trust to mitigate and negotiate terms.

Out-of-the-Box Thinking

Critical thinking is the single most important trait in leadership roles. Being far-sighted saves the team from working on unnecessary tasks. It also means that leaders must stay focused and encourage the team to do so should they move astray. To convey directions, you need good communication skills. It is easier to implement feedback when team members get it on time.

You would have to manage time effectively because leaders typically get interrupted every 3 minutes. Nowadays, teams have resources from various backgrounds, so managers must know each of their culture’s significance.


Per Former Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Bekele Geleta, ‘effective leadership always involved stewardship and that it is a requirement for great leadership’. Without the dedication, consistency, and transparency from both the leader and teams, you cannot achieve project success.

You must know how to present and express yourself professionally for leadership roles. Learn how to control your emotions to understand yourself as well as the team’s response. A real leader would build future leaders by delegating responsibilities and building their confidence. You should understand how to leverage the systems, tools, and resources available to make things work for the team.

According to Brandon Hall Group’s State of Leadership Development Study, 71 percent of the companies admit that their senior executives are not equipped for future leadership roles. Though training courses are available, most managers have learned the ropes while on the job. So, gather, observe, and imbibe the above traits through self-learning and awareness.

To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://www.imd.org/imd-reflections/leadership-reflections/leadership-skills/

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