The June 2013 issue of Management Today includes, in a debate about “The Changing Face of the Leader” a paragraph that I believe holds tremendous insight:

“Recently, I talked to young people from Indonesia, Brazil and China. I asked them what they expected from the leader of the future and their answers amazed me. The qualities that came up were humanity and compassion. They also wanted leaders who had the ability to put staff at the centre of what they do. They want leaders who aren’t charismatic – they want people who are humble enough to admit they don’t know all the answers.”

Leena Nair, Senior Vice President (leadership and organisational development), Unilever

For me this paragraph is a statement packed with such wisdom that I am not going to add anything more. Thoughts welcome on what leadership based around humanity and compassion will look like.


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