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What does it Take to Be an Effective Leader in These Changing Times?



The days of the traditional leader are over. In this day and age, you have to be a lot more open minded than before. You can't just lead from behind your desk. Leadership is all about being an active participant in the process of leading and not just telling people what they need to do for you. It's time that we start learning how to become effective leaders in these changing times!


As a former nurse executive leader with a large home health company several years ago, my previous style of leadership may not as effective in today's workforce.


This blog post will outline some of the skills that make for a successful leader in today's world and give you some ideas on developing them.


Some of these skills include: goal setting, team building, delegation, time management, customer service and leadership effectiveness. All are crucial to success in any industry or business.


In a recent study, only one in three respondents felt that they were an effective leader. If you are looking for some tips on how to be an effective leader in these changing times, read on! In this blog post we will discuss:

• How to stay relevant and maintain leadership status.

• The importance of being adaptable and having a clear vision.

• Tips for maintaining success as a leader in the current business climate position in society these days!


1. Leadership in the 21st century is a different beast.

2. The skills that made you successful in your 20s may not be what's needed now.

3. What are some things to consider if you want to lead in this new era of work and life balance.

4. How can we make sure leadership remains an important skill, even as it changes with the times.

5. What are ways to keep up with change and stay relevant.

6. A question for leaders - how do you plan on staying ahead of the curve and being an effective leader today and tomorrow (10 years from now)?


The days of just punching time clocks and grinding it out, often times are not an effective way to lead our current workforce. That's why it is important that we start looking at more participatory ways of leading.

What are some things to consider if you want to lead in this new era? More and more people are out-of-work or underemployed, which means they have free time on their hands! This opens up opportunities for making sure leadership is staying in tune with the times.

How can we make sure leadership remains an important skill, even as it changes with the times? It is critical that we invest in our workforce and encourage them to become leaders. Leadership is not just a title - it's about being authentic every day. What are ways to keep up with change and stay relevant so you're prepared for tomorrow? One way is to take a new look at productivity. Instead of expected people to show up every day 8-5 and grinding out the work, try to get more creative. Some types of work of course, will not lend itself to flexibility such as hospitals.

How about assigning an individual or better yet a team, to complete a task by such and such a date and as long as the work is completed on time, they have the flexibility to pick and choose when they work on it. How do you plan on staying ahead of the curve and being an effective leader today in this changing times?


Leadership is not just a title - it's about being authentic every day. What are ways to keep up with change and stay relevant so you're prepared for tomorrow? One skill that will serve your well is leading from the front or leading by example. Get in the trenches with your team and show them you are willing to get your hands dirty and assist in getting the job done. This will begin the process of earning their respect for you. People will go out of their way to move mountains for people they know, like, and trust. Demonstrate you have their back and they will have yours.

John Maxwell is considered one of the authorities on Leadership. He has written dozens of books on the subject. I have included links to two of my favorites. We will discuss some of his principles in this article. In John's book 5 Levels of Leadership, he talks about how you can evolve and move yourself to a Level 5 Leader which is the most elite leader. Level one is where most people start. You are promoted to a leadership position and your title tells people you are in charge. This doesn't get you too far because you don't want your team working for you with the attitude of "having to work for you" but as you grow in your leadership and earn their trust they will begin to work for you because they want to.

As you become a better leader, you will move up the ladder to Level Two. At this level they are looking for direction from you as their manager with your guidance and feedback on how to get things done. They also want more clarity about what's expected of them and where they stand in relation to other people on the team-their peers or other departments they work closely with.

At Level Three, they are looking for more guidance and input on what needs to be done in order to accomplish the objectives at hand. They want you to guide them through their career development, set clear goals with steps of how to get there as well as a timeline, and have regular communication about progress made.

Level Four is where your team members start expecting you to be very involved in their work. You're getting input on priorities and deadlines, providing feedback about how they are doing, and making sure the objectives being set for them have a solid plan that will allow them to accomplish what needs done.

Level Five is where you start working side by side with your team members as partners (or even equals) in accomplishing the objectives. You are asking for their input and giving them your own as well, with you both working together to get things done. People start looking up to you as a mentor or coach, expecting more from you than just getting tasks completed.



You are developing them as leaders and giving them more responsibilities. Your job at this level is to create more leaders. You can't lead with the attitude that they may take your job, you need to look at it with the awe and attitude of a proud parent when their child has met the daunting task of becoming successful!

Nowadays people want flexibility in the workforce. These workers have watched their parents and grandparents work their keesters off and they do not want to replicate that lifestyle. They are not opposed to working hard or getting the job done, they just want a bit more flexibility and work more on their own terms. Here are four ways you can improve your leadership:


  1. Learn to delegate. Give assignments. Everyone likes to be challenged and feel accomplished when the task gets done successfully. Don't be the leader that feels you have to do all the important things yourself so it "gets done right!" Assign the appropriate level of task based on their abilities. Get their agreement or "buy in" and assign the task or project. Learn to collaborate. This is a new skill that many young leaders are learning the hard way. They feel they can do it all themselves and don't need any input from others - which isn't true! Collaboration allows for different perspectives, points of view, innovative ideas, diverse feedback and other skillsets not available in one person alone.

  2. Use stories as an effective way to get your point across. Sharing real life stories are easy to relate to and often explain the ideas that need to be shared to complete the project. Share a story of how something went wrong or share a story about how something went right. No one wants to be told to do something just because "I said so."

  3. Set the vison. Let them see the goal through your eyes. Christopher Columbus had to deal with mutiny and all kinds of trouble when food rations, sickness, tired men, etc. because their were not seeing land. He asked his men to see land through his eyes because he knows it is there. This might be a bit dramatic but I hope you are getting the point. See the vision and share it and ask your team to be a part of reaching that goal. The best leaders ask their team to see what they see.

  4. Challenge your team. Inspire people to get out of their comfort zone and reach a higher level of personal achievement. Inspire them to be bigger and push to the next level. Show them you believe in them and their ability. Set goals, not ones that are too easy but ones that push them a bit to stretch but is realistically achievable. Speak in mental pictures. Can you see.... Can you feel....can you hear...... "Can you feel how amazing this will be when we reach our goal?"



Lastly, I would like to mention the term "servant leadership" and what this means. A servant leader is someone who inspires and motivates others to become their best selves - it's all about the people. A servant leader motivates others by serving them, and in doing so becomes a great leader.

A servant-leader is someone who inspires and motivates others to become their best selves—someone who creates an environment where everyone can thrive. A servant leader does not act based on self-interest or personal gain but rather for the good of the individual or the team. Show you care and again, they will move mountains for you!

One last book I would like to mention is the Energy Bus written by Jon Gordon. He also has several books Lead From the Locker Room First which is also a great read! If you are new in a leadership role, I encourage you to take a serious look at what was written here and then get some good books on leadership and when one resonates with you then you may have found your leadership style. Next dig in and fine tune your craft and you and your team will achieve great things together.


We're seeing a shift in what it means to be an effective leader. In the 21st century, leadership can't just come from one person and we need leaders who know how to collaborate with others or empower them through delegation. What are some things you should consider if you want to lead in this new era of work and life balance? How do you stay up-to-date on changes so that your skills don’t become irrelevant over time? Join our mailing list for updates about topics like these! Signing up will make sure you get informed as we share new articles on the blog—from life skills, living a healthy lifestyle, sales and marketing tips to ways successful people keep their edge. If there is something specific that interests you (like whether digital marketing reach out and we are here to help.


In the 21st century, leadership is a different beast. The skills that made you successful in your 20s may not be what's needed now, and as work-life balance shifts from being an elusive goal to becoming more of a necessity for many people, it’s important to keep up with change while maintaining relevance. Join our mailing list so we can send you updates on new topics! What are some ways you plan on staying ahead of the curve and remaining effective at leading? Let us know - leave a comment below or email me directly at pam@pamdunwald.com


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