Magazine article New Zealand Management

Stepping Up, Stepping Down

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Stepping Up, Stepping Down

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Welcome to 2005. And though a month has come and gone already, it seemed right to kick off this particular year with a considered look at our new leaders, those who are stepping up to the plate to play the leadership and management game. They are, according to Vicki Jayne who wrote our cover story this month, a confident and competent hunch and they will need to he all that and more. Despite the outward manifestations of progress and success, there are some serious and increasingly hard core issues out there that will need inspired leadership to manage and resolve.

The styles of successful new leaders are distinctly different from managers of the past and for good reason. Managers are, writes Jayne, moving away from the autocratic approach on to more "emotionally intelligent" tracks. "The hectoring bully who treats workers like a separate class of being are marked for extinction." There are, of course, several fundamental and quite pragmatic reasons why leadership is changing. The pace of change in every aspect of our lives is a major influence. The diversity of skill required to respond to a more challenging and competitive workaday world is another. And the expectations of clever, articulate and ambitious young people joining the workplace is at the top of the tree of considerations leaders must take into account.

The change in leadership styles reflects, in large measure, changing societal values, many of which are being shaped by perceptions of the problems societies and economies face. …

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