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Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.

Written by: Vickie Sullivan  |  January 27, 2009

Leadership redefined (and toned down)

A wide variety of research out there suggests that leadership is being redefined. What’s out: glamour, glitz and heroes. What’s in: low-key collaboration, transparency and action. Why? The next generation of leaders grew up in groups. This is a natural evolution. And the challenges facing them are beyond the capacity of individual leadership. Studies such as a 2007 survey of 500 plus global leaders by the Center of Creative Leadership have documented what has been simmering beneath the surface for a while.

You better believe that these changes will require vast shifts in skill-building. These leaders must go beyond being “people oriented and balance the IQ needed to translate complex issue and the EQ needed to implement complex tasks with a wide variety of players.” Don’t let the bad economic news fool you. This will be tackled. Watch for more on-the-job skill-building, more “serious play” via games and more facilitative formats.

Couple these vast shifts with predictions that management, scientific and technical consulting will grow by 60.5% by 2014….and you get a heap of opportunities for those experts who take advantage of the trends.  The key: act now….


About Vickie Sullivan

Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.