Though it’s still hotly debated whether leaders are born or made, there is no ambiguity on one quality or virtue that all managers and chiefs should have-the ability to innovate. Almost all debates and forums on how best to steer a conglomerate both during boom and recession or how to lead a political party to within sniffing distance of victory at the hustings focus on innovation. Any discussion on qualities that a mass leader or a CEO should have will invariably list innovation as one of the virtues.
Try participating actively in any leadership forum or meet anywhere in the world, and you’ll inevitably find the conversations veering towards ‘what it takes to be a leader’ oriented sort of topic or theme. Most leadership forums organized around the globe either focus on how to guide subordinates and lead a company or organization effectively in this dog-eat-dog world or concentrate on how a leader will keep himself or herself relevant in a dynamic commercial environment. There are many websites and portals that regularly upload and update blogs on every conceivable theme pertaining to leadership.
For instance, Forbes.com offers some excellent tips that’ll come in perfectly handy if you’re on your way to be upgraded as a CEO from CFO. These tips or guidelines have been presented as challenges that a leader in the making needs to overcome. The first hurdle that the would-be leader would’ve to tackle is the perception issue. Chief information officers (CIOs) or chief financial officers (CFOs) aspiring to be CEOs should need to be more outgoing.
The next challenge that potential CEOs or leaders would need to overcome is to have a flexible mindset and not be hardwired to thinking along a set pattern or track. Future CEOs also need to introspect and reexamine hackneyed behavioral patterns and approaches. Prospective leaders will also have to learn to live with decisions they take that more often than not create a level of discomfiture as well as imbibe new and innovative techniques of communicating.