We are living in a constantly changing environment. Due to the financial crisis the rate of growth dropped dramatically, especially in the EU which experiences the worst economic and social circumstances in the last four decades. Moreover, the flexibility in the labour market and demographical changes have made employment even more challenging.

The ever increasing demand for profit has highlighted the role of managers in any organisation, private or public.

There is no doubt that managers ought to have some basic characteristics, which reinforce their image and give employees the opportunity to progress.

In the following lines I will try as much as I can to describe some basic elements of successful management. In the last decades, when market demands were not as high as they are today, the role of the manager was not so important. However, managers played an important part in the company profits. Today things have been changed. A manager is expected to be a leader. Not a fictional superhero, but an individual who can inspire, attack and come out of the transactions and reforms intact.

They must be able to find solutions, but mainly they need to be insightful as to the present and future conditions.

It’s important for a leader to have high expectations from the staff. Many people support the idea that the most significant thing for a manager is to find the best collaborators so as to fulfill the requirements of the company. I strongly agree with this opinion. Today’s leaders are expected to make their way ‘through the fire and flames’.

Current crises cause considerable variations in and out of organisations. Skills to be developed for immediate use would be best described as survival mechanisms, particularly in cases where leaders had acquired such capabilities in the past and are now called to put them in action, in order to be distinguished in their field of activity.

On the other hand, tomorrow’s leaders will need to demonstrate that they have worked their way to where they are today. Current circumstances are more challenging and complex, primarily due to the financial crisis that has entered the households and the market. Hence, the one who has been shaken without falling and keeps going in such a chaotic reality might as well be considered a hero.

The rate of unemployment keeps rising on a daily basis, pushing things even harder. The environment keeps getting increasingly aggressive and demanding.

A leader has to be continuously alert to any change and develop immediate reflexes.


Leaders are characterised by integrity and a high sense of ethics. They manage to live through every day events, attaining desired change and avoiding being manipulated. Further qualities of their personality are self-control, diligence, patriotism and a thirst for knowledge.

Today’s heroes are the ones who have suffered misfortunes without giving up and have finally managed to overcome them. They could be employees who were made redundant or business people who managed to keep away from having to make redundancies.

Furthermore, they are the ones who struggle, employing legitimate means, and finally manage to survive. Their sharpness, creativity and innovation help them achieve the best possible results. In the setting of business, heroes have faith in the organisation and the leadership. They go the extra mile for the benefit of the organisation and remain faithful to leaders..

Leader’s actions are driven by a high sense of ethics and integrity all the way.

My views are also published on a Global Conversation by Cloud Management Systems http://cloudconversations.wordpress.com/

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