"Tomorrow's global leaders possess an exemplary external focus — they collaborate not only with customers but with a wide range of stakeholders including governments, regulators, NGOs, and community groups."
"Leaders are adaptive and agile, clear thinkers who are not only decisive but able to connect strategy to purpose in a way that fosters commitment."
"Leaders possess both the imagination to innovate and the courage to implement — they're willing to take risks to champion ideas."
"Leaders are inclusive — it's the only way to build great teams."
"Leaders constantly seek to deepen their expertise and motivate others to do the same."
Talent is a hot topic in communciations today, but we don't spend much time talking about leadership, even though those working their way up, and those trying to build first-class teams, are craving insights. Some organizations are looking to fill the void, such as Gagen MacDonald, which last year launched a program called "Let go and Lead". The project features videos of creative and business icons who express leadership through innovation, community and other traditional and non-traditional channels. Check out Starbucks' Howard Schultz on "connecting with purpose and meaning" for one good example.
Communications teams are always looking for great talent, but too often that focus is on the near-term needs, and not on long-term leadership needs. It's time for the industry to raise the level of discussion around talent, and look to create more inspirational leaders of its own.