From 20 Questions for Leaders:
What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
I think one of the biggest challenges is going to be communication and connectedness.
As we see the huge growth in social media and social networking, I think any leader who can leverage and master this will have a tremendous opportunity to significantly increase their influence, and consequently their leadership.
I already know of several leaders who shy away from social networking, either not participating completely, or only participating with their own peers in small exclusive communities.
I think that this will become a problem for them, as its not what people, especially their followers are looking for, and it will alienate them and highlight the distance between leader and follower, which is contradictory to the direction in which we are going.
This could lead to their followers looking to move to people, other leaders, that they can relate and connect too.
I would suggest to any aspiring leader that they master social networking tools as these will become more in demand and expected channels for leaders to use for communication.
Another challenge is the global economic crisis, I don’t think anybody believes that this is over, nor do they know where it will impact next, which makes planning for future very difficult. Leading in uncertain times is always difficult, and it’s a time when people look more to their leaders, which in turn increases the challenges.
What do you think are the biggest challenges that leaders will face?