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Depictions of

Future-Focused Leaders

 BY GARY MARX

In Future-Focused Leadership (ASCD, 2006), I’ve included answers shared by people in several parts of the world when I asked them, “What words would you use to describe a future-focused leader?”

These are among the phrases they provided: creative, imaginative, a clarifier, future-oriented, a generalist, interdependent, interested, conceptual and brainy, teacher, mobilizer and implementer, earned respect and exhibited endurance, a mentor, an open style, thoughtful, a problem-solver, a coordinator of talent and energy, genuinely interested in all people.

Also, resilient, genuine and not pretentious, nurturer, collegial, a sense of humor, expresses emotions about great things and not just problems, empathetic/not arrogant, sees things in context and enjoys complexity and constant change.

 

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