20 Key Leadership Attributes for a VUCA World

20 Key Leadership Attributes for a VUCA World

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Here are some of my thoughts on ‘Being a Leader’ published in Ellie Parson’s article ‘The Trump Effect’ for Asian Wealth’s Magazine back in the Spring.  This was before an escalation in ‘Bended Knee-Gate’ where many American sports stars refuse to stand for the National Anthem in protest for what they believe is a lack of equality and freedom in the US.  The key attributes for being a leader in an uncertain and complex world still stand, arguably with the need to overcome Unconscious Bias becoming increasingly important, particularly on a day when the Far Right may gain seats in the Reichstag in Germany for the first time in 60 years.

In order to lead by example in an increasingly VUCA world, todays leaders need to be:

  1. Open to change, innovative, and prepared to drive change
  2. Tough and resilient
  3. Influential
  4. Motivational
  5. Empowering
  6. Confident and Assertive
  7. Focused
  8. Action-oriented
  9. Decisive
  10. Strong-minded
  11. Humble
  12. Authentic

As well as being able to:

  1. Maintain a positive attitude
  2. Lead and embed the vision
  3. Demonstrate Emotional Intelligence
  4. Live the Company Values
  5. Demonstrate Integrity
  6. Negotiate
  7. Promote Equality with strong inter-cultural skills
  8. Identify and develop Talent

I’ve also been asked for my thoughts on the values championed at Prince George’s new school, St Thomas’s, which promotes kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning.  It may be a slightly sad indictment of our society when pupils in a private school are actively encouraged to be kind.  Years ago, if you were lucky enough to be brought up in a loving, caring and maybe even religious family environment, kindness tended to be a given.  Should a leader be kind?  He or she should display emotional intelligence, but at the same time maintaining a balance of being seen as a strong leader and, as Al Capone said ‘don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.’


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