FRAMEWORK FOR A UTOPIAN LEADER
Presenting a framework of key characteristics for a utopian leader.
Leaders persevering to build a utopian world will need to focus on developing human capital and creating a synergistic work environment. In the new era, leaders must shift their existing paradigm towards agility in their actions and immutability in their values.
Here is a framework of key characteristics for a utopian leader:
Utopian leaders need to have high integrity and exhibit an ethical code of conduct in order to gain a deep sense of respect from their team members. A conscientious leader helps in building a trustworthy culture.
Utopian leaders need to sense their business landscape, be aware of the dynamics and rapidly adapt to stay ahead of the changes.
Utopian leaders need to ask insightful questions and enable group thinking through meaning and implications. They need to foster an environment of accelerating learning through prototyping and experimenting. Utopian leaders ought to enable a self-actualizing workplace through a collaborative setting based on context and perspective.
Utopian leaders need to take calculated risks to propel growth. By continual reflecting, reframing, reassuring and resolving; they need to set stretch goals and inculcate a growth mindset in their organization.
Utopian leaders need to encourage new thoughts that result in innovative ideas and concepts. They need to build teams that can develop novel solutions through collective intelligence rooted in effective intra-company and external networks. Utopian leaders could generate game-changers by establishing new paradigms for competitive advantage & by cultivating intellectual curiosity.
Utopian leaders need to solicit interactions inside their organization and with external influencers. This will create synergistic systems that dynamically learn and evolve in response to the changing market space.
Utopian leaders need to envision the bigger picture, think through various possibilities, and accordingly anticipate the future course of action. They need to introspect their plans & decisions through multiple viewpoints. They will need to execute and reflect simultaneously thus constantly customizing the action steps to achieve the desired outcome.
Utopian leaders need to create an environment of meritocracy and open-minded conditions allowing new ideas to emerge. They must set a culture in which employees feel encouraged to share their perspectives for a meaningful dialogue. This diversity enables applying different lenses to a potential problem and thus achieve a better return on investment.
Utopian leaders in the coming era will build teams that are responsible for all stakeholders: shareholders, clients, employees, vendors, community. This will enable a self-sustaining, socially responsible, interdependent, and thriving ecosystem.