The end of “old guard” leadership

being a leader may be loosely based in similar qualities to what it has always been, but the manifestation of those traits has evolved. The “Old Guard”, with their outdated practices and entrenched philosophies, has been left behind, and no further proof of that fact is required besides looking at the market, popular media, and the technology now present in nearly every hand.

Business leaders are in the public eye more than ever before, and are unable to hide behind their board members, or deny their involvement in failed projects or poor investments. That level of accountability and that willingness to put their own reputations on the line stems from a deep-seated belief in their business. Innovating without being interested is a paradox, so in most cases, there is a underlying passion and a confidence in their product and their brand. That belief and personal investment in their own words, actions, and products is what makes those leaders successful, likable, and admired. The list of game-changing business leaders was considerably smaller twenty years ago, just as it is smaller today than it will be tomorrow. This is not a passing phase, or a natural fluctuation in the normal order of things. This is the brave new world of business that companies and prospective leaders must accept, embrace, and incorporate in their intrinsic philosophies.