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January 17, 2017

Leadership Legend: How Technology Has Changed the Way We Lead

Exceptional leadership requires different qualities and attributes for a person to be able to spearhead a business. Factors like focus, stoicism and persistence are at play. But in today’s modern world, a great deal of technology and innovation has been modifying the way we lead, making it a lot easier to communicate and stay informed. Technology has also allowed greater collaboration and put more resources in the hands of leaders. This is vital because communication, collaboration, and engagement are key to any business team and its leaders.

Collaboration And Communication

Communication is essential for a leader to impart a vision, manage a team and encourage collaboration among group members. Technology has played a vital part in the transmission of information by bringing diverse types of communication tools widely available today. Through the birth of e-mails, Skype, and various data sharing applications like the Cloud, Dropbox, and Google Docs, the way we communicate and send and receive relevant information has become easier and more efficient. Technology has made connections relatively easy between continents and varying time zones, a very important factor that makes for a great leadership relationship. This has allowed business leaders and management to effectively collaborate and communicate from all different parts of the world. It has also provided more resources because you can effectively train a team across the world via Skype, online presentations, and conference calls.

Online Education

Great leaders are great innovators. They are trailblazers of ideas and they constantly challenge the status quo. To be at the cutting edge, great leaders constantly educate themselves. Technology plays a vital role in this by bringing education to their fingertips right within the comfort of their homes. Consider a masters in leadership online to increase your leadership skills and give you more tools to implement in all aspects of your life. This can help you in many different settings such as the management of your business or even a professional development role. Many people in leadership and management positions are constantly expanding their education, so it’s a good idea to consider and explore ways you can expand yours. This could include going back to school, attending training, and going to conferences. Part of a leadership role is passing that knowledge forward by conducting training of your own whether that’s with your specific team or other teams across the world. With your own leadership team, conducting training is a good way to emphasize the importance of continuing your education, and you will show your team members that you value them and want them to expand and improve.

Staying Inspired And Being An Inspiration

The greatest way to influence a person, a community and the rest of the world is by being an inspiration. Leaders are self-made. They are armed with a motivating force, an internal drive, a passion, inspired by other leaders that came before them. In turn, they also become an inspiration to a team of new leaders. Widely accessible today are the insights of great people through blogs, videos, and articles that leaders use to stay inspired and be an inspiration to their team and the rest of the world. This makes the generation and sharing of ideas more commonplace.

Leadership isn’t easy. It isn’t merely commanding people to do things. It is braving uncertainties and soaring above unexpected downfalls when the rest of the world is starting to quit. That’s what makes for a great leader. As technology continues to be refined and expand to new areas of life, leadership abilities will continue to expand accordingly.


Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2.