The Future of Leadership by Cecilia Stanton Adams

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In the new millennium we are still defining what it means to be a great leader. To be successful we must ask ourselves what worked before and determine what new skills and abilities are critical to meeting the challenges of tomorrow. Leaders of the new millennium are judged by their ability to convey their true selves while making decisions in a complex environment. Ultimately, the goal of leading and in the new millennium is to raise the intellectual capital of every organization.

The Transformational Visionary

Today’s leaders have to lead with creditability and they have to be visionaries that can lead people into the right path to better their conditions. Those wishing to adapt a transformational approach to leading people focus on setting a vision, and a common goal, and making meaningful connections to get the job done. Leaders do this to convince people to keep going even when the future is unpredictable.


Technology has challenged us to develop new competencies needed to be successful in the workplace.Today’s Leaders are experts in utlizing technology to extend their communication “reach”. A good leader is knowledgeable of the positive AND negative aspects of technology, and can flex accordingly.  Its important to determine your goals first and use technology second as a way to enhance your ability to get to execute your goal.


Lastly, our leadership skills need to reflect the ever-changing needs of our workplace, one of those challenges includes navigating the multi-generational workforce and client-base. Our youngest leaders represent a generation committed to teamwork through technology. As a result, workforce cultures are seeing a huge shift from the traditional top-down leadership of the 20th century. The new millennium therefore challenges us to redefine how work gets done in order to attract and retain the best and brightest talent.

English: Deepak Chopra speaks to the Microsoft...

English: Deepak Chopra speaks to the Microsoft PAC on January 13, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I want to leave you with seven skills in self-awareness that I have adapted from Deepak Chopra and that I hope will serve you well no matter what profession you choose, or where your life and destiny take you.

Skill #1: Become the best listener you can be. Learn to listen with the instruments of the body, the feelings of the heart, the logic of the mind and the stillness of your soul. As you listen deeply, reflect on the following questions: What am I observing? What am I feeling? What is the need of the moment? What is the best way to fulfill this need? Skill #2: Bond emotionally with friends, family, professional colleagues and those you interact with daily. Understand that each of us is part of a web of relationships that is nurtured through love, kindness, compassion, empathy and joy. Emotional bonds create effective teamwork where nothing is impossible because you have a shared vision for service, contribution and success and because you complement each other’s talents and strengths. Skill #3: Expand your awareness by knowing that all human beings have a hierarchy of needs that start with survival and safety and progressively expand through stages that include love and belonging, true self esteem, success as in the progressive realization of worthy goals, creative expression, higher consciousness and self-actualization. As you expand your awareness learn to harness your spiritual gifts that come in the form of the powers of intention, intuition, creativity, imagination and conscious choice making. Skill #4: Remember the importance of action. Learn to be action oriented and know that there is no power higher than love in action. Remember that love without action is meaningless and action without love is irrelevant. Skill #5: Assume responsibility for your own well being in all its various facets. Your well being encompasses every aspect of your life — your career, your social interactions, your personal relationships, your community and your financial success. Take time to rest and play, to be with your family and friends, to exercise and nourish your body with healthy food. Skill #6: Empower your self with true self-esteem. Learn to be independent of the good and bad opinion of others. Recognize the power of presence. Do not allow yourself to be distracted. Know your life purpose and the contribution you want to make to society. Skill #7: Know your true self. Your true self is not your self-image that is dependent on the labels you and others have given yourself. Your true self is the innermost core of your being that is beyond all labels, definitions and limitations. All the wisdom traditions tell us that the human spirit is a field of infinite possibilities, a field of infinite creativity, love, compassion, joy and profound equanimity. Know you can only give to the world that which you possess in that innermost core of your being. Remember that you will create peace only when you are peaceful and create a loving world only when you have learned to love. (Source:

Stanton Adams’ contribution to the future success of Minnesota includes providing employers savvy ways to leverage the talent of their employees by training on complex workplace issues. Some of these topics include Managing a Diverse Workforce, Leading Through Change, Employee Engagement Through Inclusion and so much more. To learn more visit

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