Finding the Leader of Tomorrow
Jeri L. Daniels
Finding the Leader of Tomorrow
Corporate America is one of the nation’s predominant technology consumers and producers. Every day over 20 million people gain valuable professional and career enhancement through the use of technology. Corporate technology demands are strenuous as companies scramble to compete in an uncertain and ever evolving market technology leaders are faced with the challenge of providing effective guidance, support and resources for their user base. Technology leaders are faced with the need to create a strong and well prepared workforce for this and future generations. Technology leaders have the responsibility for developing and managing the vision, performance, and operations of our technological resources. The question, however, is what does this company need as technology president to meet our needs and fulfill our goals? As CEO of this company let me begin by saying how sorry I was to see our last president go, having dedicated 25 years to the company and doing an excellent job as well. He left some very huge shoes to fill. However, we must move forward and begin by finding a new company president. So without further ado, I will explain the critria I am using to select the new president and I hope that you, our board of directors approve. First let’s start by stating what being a leader is. Being a leader all starts with responsibility. Leadership is the ability to lead people or represent them. Being a leader is being able to stand up for what you believe in. It means you help to make new ideas; you don’t just follow old ones. As a leader, you are a role model for the people who follow you. John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” (John Quincy Adams, no date). I believe his quote sums up everything. If you can inspire others to simply become more than yes you really are a leader. Throughout history the search for leaders with strong personalities and intellectual attributes have brought about Reagan, Kennedy and Steve Jobs. These leaders all shared common leadership traits. In choosing a new president, I will be searching for certain traits also. The following is a list of traits I will be searching for and why: 1.
Intelligence – An intelligent leader will have good language skills, perceptual skills and reasoning ability. 2.
Confidence – Confident leaders are positive about themselves and their ability to succeed. They feel a sense of certainty and believe that they are doing the right thing. (Derve, D., Nahrgana, J.D., & Et al 2011). 3.
Charisma – Strong conviction and self – confidence of a charismatic leader can make the difference in a company. 4.
Determination – A leader that is focused and attentive to tasks: shows initiative, persistence, and drive. 5.
Sociability – A leader that is capable of establishing pleasant social relationships, being sensitive to other’s needs and concerned for their well – being. 6.
Integrity – An effective leader is honest and open with team members. Leaders who possess integrity gain the trust of those around him because he does what he says he will do and treats others with respect. (Kirkpatrick, S.A. & Locke, E.A. 1991). A leader with the right traits are more effective and can make an organization more successful but just like with life there is no guarantees, so other factors will help in determining the right person for the job. Leaders at all levels and in all different types of organizations have their own personal leadership styles that determine not only how they lead but also how they perform other tasks. For the person I am looking for there are three types of leadership styles that he or she may possess. Authoritarian, this emphasizes that they are in charge and they exert influence and control over workers. Democratic, which treats subordinates as fully capable...
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