Defining effective leadership in the 21st Century continues to change as technology expands accessibility to education; increases the rate of learning; shortens cycle times; empowers globalization; and virtually eliminates down time (Martin, 2007). The five-day, 40 to 50 hour work week is morphing into a single work day with 24/7 operation implications, redefining boundaries, stretching system capacity and outstripping individual abilities (Martin 2007). Further, he identified globalization, complex challenges, talent acquisition and retention, and a world built on interruptions as four specific trends driving leadership change; concluding that “leaders of the future need greater collaboration skills, a more flexible style, adaptability, skills in organizational architecture and the willingness to find examples of positive disobedience.”
Leaders benefit from having the ability to think, lead and serve. While perhaps over simplified, and leaving politics and relationships for another time and place, critical thinking is a necessary attribute for leaders. The following is a construct of attitude, organization and communication relating to critical thinking..... and represent my offering of keys to success.
Do you remember learning to ride a bike? Think back to the mix of excitement and apprehension, learning something new and becoming more independent. Consider the person who helped you learn. Perhaps it was a parent, relative or friend. Close your eyes and imagine the time and place, the sights and sounds as the adrenaline increased and you were encouraged to keep your eyes up and the wheel straight and your feet pumping the pedals. Hopefully, you were given some guidance.....
There is something inspiring and invigorating about shifting gears, the sounds of increasing RPMs, tackling an open road, discovering and navigating new landscapes. Halftime is that way, shifting from pursuing success and discovering the deeper drive and meaning of significance, and one’s purpose and/or legacy.