Q: Can anyone be a leader?
Andrew St George: Yes they can. Leadership is within the reach of everyone – some people just need training.
Q: What will the leader of 2020 look like?
A: The behaviours will be the same, because leadership will always be about relations between people, and self knowledge. However, the leadership challenges for 2020 are going to be many and various – particularly as companies respond to fast changing environments. The leaders who can steer organisations through that rapid change will need to be highly adaptable and resilient.
Q: Do you think there are distinct male and female styles of leadership?
A: Yes I do, depending on the culture and ethos of an organisation. For example, in an organisation where the culture leans towards consensual collaboration and cooperation, that will induce a particular kind of leadership style. A more directive environment – associated more with men - will produce another type of leadership style.