Today, managers must be constantly at their best if they are to successfully meet the challenges, changes and pressure they encounter every day. They must be able to handle individual and group stress, be open to new ideas and ready to absorb large quantities of information in a short time, make rapid decisions and possess the creative acumen and people skills required to build an effective, highly integrated team. The quantity of energy needed is enormous.
Traditional models of leadership with a predominantly rational approach are no longer enough. Today’s managers must embrace a new dimension of leadership where qualities once regarded as soft or unnecessary, such as balance, intuition, an ability to listen, and an awareness of how to focus both people and energy, have now become indispensable.