The 7 skills that companies look for in the leaders of the future


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In this new world those people who can recognize themselves as agents of change for the common good take center stage. They are called changemakers: the generation that changes the rules of the game, proposes innovations, but always thinking about solving problems that affect us all. And young people play a fundamental role in this paradigm.

New habilities

We are going through the so-called “fourth industrial revolution”, in which new technologies impose the development of a framework that requires thinking and acting with other skills. To illustrate with some data, according to a report by the Argentinean consultancy Scoop Consulting, specialized in the labor market, 65% of the children who enter primary school today will end up working in jobs that do not yet exist. Or, according to the World Bank, it is estimated that in the next 10 to 20 years, 65% of all activities that humans currently perform will be automatable.

Ultimately, the problem will not be the lack of employment, but rather a gap between old and new jobs. So what do we do to not be left behind? Develop those innate skills that we have that make us agents of change and understand that this is as important today as reading and writing. This, precisely, is what young people are super clear about. They do not wait for things to happen for them, but they go out to look for them, they take action. They detect a problem (of whatever nature) and mobilize to solve it. And that’s why they are leaders of the future.


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Where to train?

  • Agile Leadership, co-building the leader of the future. Torcuato Di Tella University. An intensive summer edition and 100% online to meet and put into practice the skills of new leaders. More info: utdt.edu/educacionejecutiva.
  • Emotional Gymnastics for Leaders. To train the mindset and skills that are needed in times of transformation. It is dictated by Gaby Hostnik in February and March. More info: gabyhostnik.com.ar
  • Book: Agility in 4 seasons. From Melina Jajamovich, Ed. Subjects, $ 890. A guide to adapt to change.

Identikit of a future leader


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  1. Cognitive empathy. They understand each other’s feelings and perspectives and use that understanding to guide their own actions.
  2. Emotionality They show a type of leadership more aware of the importance of integration and management of emotions and feelings and the impact on the world.
  3. Teamwork. They are no longer divided into roles, but instead promote collaboration in fluid and dynamic teams, driving creativity, innovation and progress
  4. Shared causes. They defend causes such as climate and environmental change, gender and diversity, promote a fairer and more inclusive economy, freedom of expression, self-acceptance and respect for the other.
  5. Horizontal leadership. New leaders reprogram the way we think and move it toward a model in which everyone leads and everyone contributes toward a common purpose.
  6. Entrepreneurship. They take their ideas into action and transform the environment for the common good. New leaders focus more on “doing” than “saying.”
  7. Transcendence of the individual. They seek to transcend their individual “I” to achieve the well-being of others, they have constant ideals and concerns, and they pursue spaces for personal expression, where they can feel represented.

The key is to be agile

By Melina Jajamovich. Organizational innovation and transformation specialist. Author of Agility in 4 Stations.

The VICA times – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – invite us to rethink our leadership models, to discover new ways of being and doing in a world of change. These are some of the skills that an agile leader has:

  • Preach by example: He does not tell us what to do but with his actions he inspires a way of being and doing in the world.
  • She is connected to herself and her powers: it is not anchored in the “buts” nor is it a victim of others or the context.
  • It is aimed at taking care of people and the business in a sustainable way !: look at the “wide picture” all the time.
  • Promotes the development of each person and team logic: makes sure the days have focus; the team, transparency, and the people, autonomy.
  • She is an eternal learner: you are encouraged to experiment, fail wisely, and learn again and again!
  • He does with others and others: He is part of a network of leaders who know that when we go with others, we go further.

Experts consulted: Ariela Lijavetzky. Director of Children and Youth of Ashoka Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Reports “Future Leaders” (LLYC and Trivu), Ashoka Youth Years.

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