By John Hamilton, President, Service Strategies Corporation
If you examine the profile of successful service leaders, you will find that there is no single qualification or degree to attribute to their success. In most cases, today’s leaders got there through some degree of luck, plus the school of hard knocks, while rising through the ranks in various service organizations. Looking forward, what got the current service leaders where they are today won’t necessarily be sufficient for the service leaders of the future.
This is largely due to “The New Economy.” The most immediate threat to product-centric businesses in the new economy is commoditization (products are becoming similar causing competitive pressures, ultimately lowering prices which shrink margins and company profitability). As a survival strategy, many product-based companies are making dramatic changes. These companies are developing a new strategic paradigm, which includes investing in their service business and offering more client-centric solutions which bundle services with their product to solve industry or client-specific business issues. The ultimate objective is to drive real customer success. Overall revenues and margins from this type of business model far exceed the traditional product dominant approach.
In this new economy, the service function has a much higher profile and plays a more critical role in the longevity of the corporation. Consequently, the service leader of the future must have higher-level skills to set strategy and guide the organization as they transition to this new business model.
Vital Characteristics Of The New Service Leader
It is becoming more evident that the elements that have historically defined the attributes of a successful service leader in the past are not the same attributes that will be required by service leaders to be successful in the future. As the service industry continues to evolve, the service leader function is much more essential to keep customers, create loyalty, and prevent churn.
To illustrate this point, let’s look at the typical description of a service leader:
These attributes outline the profile of a typical service leader’s job description that has been used for the past five to 10 years. It may even be a typical description that you would see in job descriptions currently posted for a service leader.
In order for the role of service leader to adapt to the reality of the new economy, the requirements of the position have changed and will continue to change. Here are the new attributes for a successful service leader of the future:
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