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Ubud, Indonesia - 9 November 2014. In my recent leadership courses in Delft and Tokyo, the participants came from all over the world. They explored important questions, like what kind of leader they wanted to become? What leadership roles attracted them most? And what it will take for them to become an effective leader, with a focus on developing personal power rather than relying on position power?
The requirements for effective leaders have changed over time. What was important ten years ago is not necessarily on the list anymore now. According to the Center for Creative Leadership, an international research leader on leadership development, some of the new abilities to be mastered are multi-cultural awareness, learning agility, and working together across boundaries. These complement timeless masteries such as self-awareness, effective communication, and self-motivation and discipline. What about technical competence? It held the top rank among leadership abilities for 10 years ago, and has now slipped out of the top 6. To be an effective leader in one's chosen profession, it remains a prerequisite for anyone wanting to make a difference.
The feedback from participants in my recent courses suggest that they highly valued to master effective communication, self-motivation and discipline, self-awareness, and collaborating across boundaries. And they felt least confident in their mastery of these abilities. Many of the aspiring leaders I have coached, taught and mentored have asked me to write a book and create online resources to help them learn and grow in their own convenient place and time. I have taken up their challenge and I am now writing a book and creating an online leadership development program to support them. This is part of my own transformation, which gained momentum after I left my satisfying corporate job just over a year ago to work full time on my passion, which is to help aspiring leaders in Asia become influential change makers and make a difference. You can read more about my story here.
To guide me further in this work, I created a survey below to receive more advice from a wider range of aspiring leaders, in Asia and beyond, and I am looking forward to hear from you soon. The information will of course be kept confidential. Mentioning your name is appreciated, although not required. Fields marked with * are required. Depending on how much time you take for self-reflection, it should take you between 5 and 15 minutes. Thank you for your time and interest.
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Become your best from today,