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Building the 21st Century Leader

Heading up a successful company today is a lot different than it was 50 years ago. What skills do you need to lead your business to success--not just today but also in the future?

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This story appears in the February 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

As an entrepreneur, is the most important part of your job. But in a constantly changing business climate, you can't model yourself on leadership archetypes from the past and expect to meet the challenges of today's workplace. Barking orders at your subordinates a la the domineering 1950s boss won't get your staff on your side. And the buddy-buddy, hang-loose style of the 1990s won't get results fast enough to keep pace with the competition.

So what are the traits the 21st century needs to succeed? Some of the factors that make a great leader haven't really changed. The abilities to innovate, execute and be a strong role model for your staff will always be essential. But in addition to these qualities, a new leadership style is emerging, with skills uniquely tailored for success in today's environment. One has dubbed this new leader The Enlightened Warrior.

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