Finding Future Leaders: Why Personality Matters

Given the financial and societal impact of global business, there’s an urgent need to understand leaders’ personalities. If we fail to appreciate how personality influences leaders’ strategic decisions, we risk selecting leaders who are incapable of setting an organization’s direction.

We are in the midst of great social, economic, scientific and political change. Intelligent approaches count more than ever if we’re to build sustainable results in rapidly changing, complex markets.

Business cannot return to the kind of leadership that was effective decades ago. If we’re to move forward, leaders must strive for economic success and include the well-being of workers, customers and the environment.

The next 20 years will see radical advances in nanotechnology, genomics and gene therapy, robotics, artificial intelligence, bioscience, bioengineered agriculture, environmental and energy research, and medicine. Will our organizations’ leaders rise to meet the challenges?

For progress to occur in nondestructive ways, we need strong, visionary leaders who can unleash the power of emerging technologies and manage global diversity for the benefit of the common good.

Leadership selection can no longer be based solely on one’s prior experience or successes. Yesterday’s challenges (productivity, profit, efficiency) remain critical, but today’s leaders must also grapple with new technologies, global diversity, and political and environmental instability.

Evaluation of leadership personality types is essential for selecting CEOs and top executives for the future, but perhaps we do not fully comprehend how personality type impacts leadership effectiveness.

This article explores why leadership personality matters for finding future leaders and reviews the positive as well as the dark sides of each of four basic personality types.

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  • Why personality type matters
  • Basic personality types
  • The productive personality types
    • Productive vs. nonproductive
    • Moral reasoning
  • Narcissistic or visionary leadership?


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