Where Have All the Leaders Gone?, part 2 of 6

Leadership Role #1: Reading the World and Creating a Vision

No business is an island. Each organization exists within a rich and ever-evolving set of social, economic, political, cultural, and institutional environments. To a large degree, an organization’s success depends on how well it positions itself in the world. Therefore, one of the most important competencies of leadership is the ability to read the world. This means a leader must be well informed about emerging trends and developments in multiple areas that affect the business.

Grounded in his or her interpretation of where things appear to be headed, an effective leader creates a vision for the organization’s competitive strategy – paving the way for long-term competitive domination.

The capacity to create a powerful vision requires several distinct competencies:

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About the Author

Chris Majer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Human Potential ProjectChris Majer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Human Potential Project, is the author of The Power to Transform: Passion, Power, and Purpose in Daily Life (Rodale), which teaches the strategies corporate, military, and sports leaders have used to positively transform themselves and their organizations in a way readers can adept to their own lives and professions. He may be reached at www.humanpotentialproject.com.

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