Assignment: Discussion—Critical Leadership Competencies Needed in 2020

Module Readings:

Complete the following readings early in the module:

  • Read the overview for Module 
  • From the textbook, The leadership challenge (5th ed.), read the following chapter:
    • Leadership is Everyone’s Business

Module Overview:

In this Module , you synthesize your understanding of  the concepts covered in the course and bring it all together to explore  the future of leadership. You will explore trends in leadership, the  workforce, and organizations and discuss the implications going forward.  You will also explore the leadership competencies that must emerge or  evolve for leaders to be effective in the 21st century.

The Future of Leadership

The major trend for the future seems to have two common themes—  bringing back the human dimension into the leadership domain and the  importance of transformational leadership, where the leader focuses on  leading others by creating a motivating environment so that employees  can develop and grow. 

Current trends have developed in response to the  complex challenges of the 21st century. Current organizations are faced  with a more competitive global market and rapid advancement of  technology and innovation. This demands leaders to be agile and  responsive.

Future trends will present additional leadership challenges as global  markets continue to grow and technologies continue to improve  productivity and work conditions. As multicultural aspects continue to  be incorporated into the workplace and expectations for social  responsibility and sustainable business practices continue to become  more prominent, leaders of tomorrow will have to resolve a variety of  dilemmas.

The approach to meeting these enormous challenges rests in using  people’s knowledge and expertise to enhance organizational performance.  Future leaders will still be required to respond to stakeholders’  expectations and make profitable decisions, but they will need to be  more responsive and willing to adjust to the demands of the entire  workplace situation.

Additionally, leaders in the future will need to remain up to date  with technology and display the ability to incorporate these  technological evolutions into their workplace operations and  communications. Staying up to date with the latest advancements will  enable leaders to be more receptive and open to newer opportunities as  they are presented. Future leaders will thus need to be ready to face  many more challenges than those faced by current leaders.


Consider all you have learned in the course so far and the trends that  have been discussed, particularly around leaders being able to  strategize and execute to results. 

Using the module readings, the Argosy University online library  resources, and the Internet, research key leadership competencies needed  in 2020. Then, respond to the following: 

  • What are the key leadership competencies that will be needed in leaders by 2020? Why are they important?
  • What are the most significant leadership trends that require a  change in leadership approaches by 2020? What leadership changes will be  most important?
  • What are some of the external trends (e.g., increased globalization,  increased diversity, and increased use of technology) that will  influence the leadership changes?
  • What will the employee of 2020 look like in terms of expectations, skills, and experience?

By Friday May 18, 2018 post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area.  

 Write your initial response in 300–500 words.  Turned-in on time, Plagiarism Free, All assignment qualifications addressed correctly, Grading Criteria followed, Include Question followed by the answer  Reference Page Included Cover page Included, Paragraphs  Indented,  Running-head included, main heading should be centered; all  new  paragraphs should be indented;  paper should be right ragged,   not right justified; references,  should always go on a standalone  page. abstracts are not usually indented; acronyms should be spelled out when using them  for  the first time, for example HR. references as listed are APA  standard.   When you  submit your papers through, your overall  similarity  index  score should not be exceedingly high, with   ten to  fifteen percent  being  the maximum,  Please make sure your APA  formatting of citations. I have provided the  APA resource cite for you., Please work on using literature within the span of the last 5 years,  keep in mind there should not be any one, two, or three sentence   paragraphs.  Your response should be  thorough and address all components of the discussion question in  detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the  APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation 

Do the following when responding:

  • Read your answers.
  • Provide substantive comments by
    • contributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources;
    • building on the remarks or questions; or
    • sharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiences
  • Respond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to ideas.
  • Make sure your writing
    • is clear, concise, and organized;
    • demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
    • displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

 Grading Criteria:  

Quality of initial posting, including fulfillment of assignment instructions  

Reference to supporting readings and other materials  

Language and grammar 


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