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Real Leaders by Lily Cheng, Peter Cheng

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CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

IMPORTANCE OF BEING A REAL LEADER

Leadership research and knowledge has gone through several phases of revolutions over the past century, shifting its focus from traits to behaviours, situations, transactional, transformational, visionary and global leadership.

Today, the business landscape is characterised by volatility, competition, uncertainty and the headwinds of rapid change. Traditional leadership practices and competencies are fast becoming insufficient for coping with the leadership expectations in today’s volatile environment.

Be it Steve Jobs’ revival of Apple in 1998 or Mark Zuckerburg’s adeptness in transforming a university social media network into a worldwide phenomenon, a leader is still key in creating ...

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