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Translating vision into reality

What does it mean to be a leader?

In today’s high-paced, technology-driven environment, leadership is more than just business jargon: leaders must inspire others to reach beyond their normal limitations or capabilities. Leaders must help others grow even while they guide them to reach their full potential.

While there is no one-size-fits-all definition for leadership, it can generally be agreed that leaders are the people who motivate others to succeed.

What are the qualities of a leader?

As Douglas MacArthur said, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.”

The word “leadership” brings to mind varying images, such as a political leader, a business executive, a person in the Armed Services, and so on.

When defining the ideal “leader,” many might point out traits like intelligence, determination, perseverance, innovation, and humility. These skills are necessary traits of any person in a position to drive an organization forward.

Other important skills include self-awareness, motivation, empathy, social skills, and technical ability.

Leadership in Instructional Design

A leader’s function is to translate visions of the future into reality by establishing strategic priorities, developing an environment of trust within the organization, and encouraging others to succeed. The leaders of the 21st century have to produce change and movement in an environment rife with technology that is evolving on an almost daily basis. The nature of education, from university-level studies to on-the-job training, has been changing for years, ushering in a new system and method for conveying knowledge to ever-increase learner bases.

Educational leaders must be able to meet the needs of learners, both online and in the classroom, and the most successful leaders choose delivery methods that offer the most robust, streamlined, and effective learning.

As methods of learning migrate to a highly technologized and information-driven cloud-based educational format, organizations that desire to succeed in the global environment require the agility and leadership offered by leaders in instructional design.

Edcomm’s industry-leading Instructional Designers have years of experience in crafting thoughtful, engaging learning experiences. They also stay current and well-informed of all the important trends that are driving today’s Learning and Development challenges.

 

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