In this post, Gina Kawalek introduces 7 critical competencies for the next generation of lazy leaders.

Despite the undeniable impact of sound leadership on the success of any organization, there remains an apparent lack of understanding when it comes to the specific core competencies every leader ought to prioritize while carrying out their professional responsibilities.

To be clear, this does not mean these leaders are wholly unfit or ineffective. Instead, it only indicates that these professionals have not yet maximized their potential or the potential of the organization they are leading.

Developing a better understanding of the most critical leadership competencies benefits those in current leadership positions and the next generation of leaders. Indeed, many future leaders are seeking mentors to prepare them for prospective leadership roles and will encounter all kinds of new opportunities and challenges that demand exceptional leadership that’s built on a foundation of several especially important competencies.

In the sections that follow, we’ll explain why the next generation of leaders will:

  • act according to consistent ethical and moral standards,
  • communicate clearly and listen attentively,
  • empower team members and demonstrate respect and trust for others,
  • emphasize company culture by highlighting shared values, goals, and objectives,
  • maintain the flexibility necessary to change course and remain receptive to new ideas,
  • demonstrate a commitment to professional development of employees, and
  • Create an environment conducive to innovation.

In discussing these seven competencies for the next generation of leaders, it is worth noting how each competency allows leaders to be themselves by leveraging their individual strengths while minimizing their individual weaknesses.

The same too can be said of those working under the guidance of these leaders, since the purpose of these competencies is to maximize the contributions made by those at every level of an organization. This, in turn, ensures the organization ultimately realizes its potential over both the short and long term.

Act According to Consistent Ethical and Moral Standards

We expect leaders to make decisions that closely align with the company’s specific goals and objectives, requiring a commitment to fairness and objectivity. With a set of clearly defined ethical and moral standards in place, leaders are much more likely to make unbiased and objective decisions, engendering a deep sense of trust and loyalty from team members.

When organizational leaders act according to a consistent set of ethical and moral standards, employees believe they will be treated fairly by leaders and have no reason to feel burdened by uncertainty. This encourages a greater level of creativity and productivity from team members.

Communicate Clearly and Listen Attentively

Communication lacking in clarity undermines effective leadership, so it is essential for those in leadership positions to communicate clearly and consistently in every interaction.

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