LeadersLeadership: What Are The Six Generations That It Possesses?

Finley Gilbert8 months ago92017 min

Do you know the main existing characteristics of the different era of leadership? As conditions and individuals change, so do the leadership styles. Nowadays, people are looking for new leaders who can help fulfill their goals.

If I told you that we only live 29,000 days that is 960 months, would you change the way you use your time? Would you reflect on your legacy? Would you change something in your life?

Many times we seem to go through life without remembering that time is limited and that each day that begins is one more opportunity to reach the best version of you. It is increasingly common to hear workers say that they are expected to have a better position with more responsibilities to deliver their maximum potential.

We all create the life we live, but many prefer to become the victim instead of taking responsibility and changing. Historically, five different ages of leadership can be classified, and in our days we are in a period of transition towards the sixth generation. These six ages are:

The age of the leadership of conquest: At this time, the main threat was the conquest. The people were looking for a kind of omnipotent boss, a dominant and despotic leader who would grant people security, of course always in exchange for their taxes and loyalty.

The age of commercial leadership: At the beginning of the industrial age, security ceased to be the most important function of leadership, people began to look for those leaders who can give indications of how to raise their standard of living.

The age of organizational leadership: In this age, they began to raise standards of living, and those were much simpler to achieve. People started looking for a place to “belong”. The measure of leadership itself became the ability to organize.

The age of leadership and innovation: As the rate of innovation increased, often the methods and products became more obsolete before leaving the planning board itself. The leaders in this era were extremely innovative and could solve the problems of the high celerity of obsolescence.

The age of information leadership: The last three ages mentioned above were carried out extremely quickly; they began in the early 19th century. It has been shown that no company can survive without having leaders who understand the management of the information.

The modern leader of information is the individual who best knows how to process it, the one who knows how to interpret it much more intelligently and uses it in the most creative and modern way.

The leadership of the “New Age”: The characteristics of leadership that will be described below remained consistent throughout the 20th century. But if we are honest, we cannot say what characteristic skills will be needed for the leaders of our future.

We can mention probabilities. It is necessary for leaders to know how new technologies are used; they have to know how to think in order to analyze well and efficiently synthesize the information they receive. Despite the new technology, their main dedication must be centered on the individual.

They will know that leaders always direct people, not projects, or numbers, or things. They must have the capacity to supply what people want in order to motivate those they lead.

They should develop their own capacity to listen in order to describe what people want. And they must also develop their capacity when planning, both in the short and long term, in order to always preserve a certain margin of competence.

Finley Gilbert