The New Leader Is Curious, Disruptive, and Defies Authority

Harmony and the tendency to worry are the least important traits

el Economista | July 9, 2018

The el Economista article, “The New Leader Is Curious, Disruptive, and Defies Authority," quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Ramón Gómez de Olea and featured the firm's research, "Beyond the Corner Office: Leadership in a Multi-Company Ecosystem." An excerpt of the article, translated from the original Spanish, is below.

We are currently facing a change in corporate structures due to technological acceleration and digital transformation. For that reason, Russell Reynolds Associates has analyzed the traits of the new [type of] leader that is dominating business environments through a study of different CEOs from a wide range of sectors, and they have identified up to 60 traits that outline the new profile.



Ramón Gómez de Olea, country manager of Russell Reynolds, thinks that a very significant percentage of the projects require professionals who possess these traits.

"All of these are qualities that are necessary to boost the ability of these large companies to interact with start-ups, thus having access to new knowledge, experiences, and resources," he explained. Likewise, he thinks that this situation would have been unthinkable ten years ago, and that this change benefits all sectors.

On the other hand, the least common traits are tradition (2%), harmony (3%), a tendency to worry (4%), and an aggressive temperament (4%).

Thus, Russell Reynolds Associates created its own methodology called Leadership Span last year, which assesses a manager's capacity to adapt to changing environments, improving the margin of error in the search for these profiles.

This innovative methodology is comprised of four main skills: establishing the strategy, executing the results, team leading, and relationships and influence, as well as four sets of traits that represent the differences in leadership.

The entire article in its original Spanish can be found here.

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The New Leader Is Curious, Disruptive, and Defies Authority