Acing leadership of the future: a proposed archetype.

24 Pages Posted: 24 May 2024

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Serban Toader

Future of Leadership Institute

Date Written: May 24, 2024


The leadership archetype of the future is evolving to meet the challenges of a high-velocity environment and adapt to new generations. This new proposed archetype has five interconnected components: ambiguity surfer, communities' creator, agile strategist, sustainability enthusiast, and digital humanist. Leaders aiming to mirror the proposed archetype are advised to maintain authenticity, demonstrate professional competence, continue to learn, build meaningful relationships, be courageous, and enjoy the journey. By understanding that future leadership combines traditional and new abilities and behaviors, executives can cultivate these qualities within themselves and their teams. This article is based on a qualitative phenomenological study conducted with seventeen experienced leaders ranging from multinational companies to accomplished entrepreneurs.

Keywords: leadership archetype, ambiguity, authenticity, sustainability, professional competence

Suggested Citation

Toader, Serban, Acing leadership of the future: a proposed archetype. (May 24, 2024). Available at SSRN: or

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