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Many would argue that a true leader is born rather than created, but modern education would disagree. While the predispositions that make a leader people will rally around do come at a very young age, it is the education and the upbringing that determine whether a person will be able to live up to the challenges of leadership throughout life.

Let’s take a look at how higher education makes a leader and turns talent into calculated success.

Decision Making

The role of higher education is to open the minds of future leaders and presents a world of endless possibilities. This means that even though leaders have a chance to shape the world, their leadership style has to be collaborative and less linear than that of past generations, in order to foster creativity among ranks. 

Therefore, models like design thinking will help students create an elaborate system of thought and decision-making that will embrace the modern environment and respond to the ever-growing demand for creativity and uniqueness.

Teaching Leadership Tools 

Some interactions are distinctly human, and as the world is slowly crossing the line between human and machine, it becomes all the more important for leaders to preserve a communicational practice based on relationship and emotion.

The world is becoming more automated by the day, and leaders need to cultivate relationships in many ways using various tools. Rather than relying on depersonalised tools, leaders should utilise various tools that will help them articulate ideas and connect with others.

Theoretical Education Is a Thing of the Past

Constantly evolving political, social and economic circumstances have significantly raised the need for higher education to forgo traditional ex cathedra teachings and substitute it for contemporary, practical methods of preparing future leaders for real-life experiences and challenges.

These teachings are broad in scope and skill, authentic and integrated. Student are finally able to receive practical education that combines training and theory in order to increase their chances of a successful career.

Embracing Technology 

Today’s leaders are assuming positions in a world operated by technology. It is because of the rising demands for technological advances that future leaders have to be well-versed in the use of many technologies.

Rather than falling prey to many distractions presented to them by technology, leaders are able to utilise them, and learn more about themselves and their business in order to boost efficiency and create a more productive environment.

Turning Standardisation into Creativity

The modern world is a constantly evolving environment where creativity and innovation are the main driving forces. Sustainable leaders will keep their focus on creative thinking and innovation management in order to produce results.

This will mean that higher education will entice future leaders to question tradition and standardisation while nurturing the connection between experience, knowledge, creativity and progress.

Fluid and Sustainable

The dynamic nature of today’s environment requires leaders to constantly evolve along with their companies. The value sets, mission and vision is to be repeatedly challenged in the new world and sustainable leaders will know how to eloquently articulate these values to a wide and diverse audience.

That is why leaders have to foster an authentic and consistent relationship with stakeholders while maintaining an ongoing dialogue that is both collaborative and participative. It will be critical for the leader to successfully manage the juxtaposition between tradition and change.

Sustainability Is a Necessity 

In today’s world, sustainability is no longer a choice, it’s the way businesses work, a necessity. Sustainability drives leaders to do bigger, better things by creating businesses that thrive and persevere in the face of constant challenges of the ever-changing socio-political structures of the world.

Many university admissions offices around the world are paying special attention to finding potential students who have the prerequisites to become the best leaders of tomorrow. The role of higher education has become a crucial constituent in the creation of leaders by combining the talent of an individual with modern, practical teaching methods. 

Legal Complexity and Regulatory Rules

The role of higher education will be to prepare future leaders for any challenge they might face in the real world, and that means educating them in the fields of regulatory rules, legal interpretations and compliance.

While leaders will have teams to work with on legal, financial governmental and other issues, they have to be versed themselves in all of the areas concerning their business in order to help produce a strong, thriving environment.

Involved in the Community

Unlike the teachings of the past, such as the era of “greed is good” and no real environmental concerns, today’s higher education produces leaders who are involved in the community. Businesses serve the people, for the people.

Leaders are responsible people on a professional, individual and collective level, as members of a society that is unforgiving to the ones who don’t care for it. The leader has to be involved and concerned with the local as well as the wider community, because every business today is a global business, and the world will be watching.