Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The World We Lead In

Old models of leadership are out of date in the modern context in which leaders operate. To inspire, motivate and journey your brand through this VUCA world, much of what has been practiced before needs to be re-visited. How do leaders operate in an emotional world? How do you shape your worldview when your teams, clients and suppliers are from every part of the globe and represent a wide spread of cultures?

Pondering this question, the World Economic Forum recently released a paper exploring new models of leadership that take into account the hyper-connected, resource poor, global environment that we all now work, live and play in. It draws on contributions on topics like Purpose, Connectivity and Society from great thinkers from organizations like Google, MIT, Harvard, London Business School and even the assistant coach from the Edmonton Oilers ice hockey team.

In his chapter on the Leader and the “Edge” of self, designer John Maeda quotes Dr Mario Alonso Puig: “When we embrace a difficult situation as if we’ve chosen it ourselves, we transcend our mental limits.” This is the mindset of people who lead real change.


John Wenger said...

So glad this is now becoming mainstream, thanks for posting this Kevin. These new models have been needed for a while now and have been seen as fringe. Businesses like Morning Star have been pointing the way for a long time now. Exciting times we live in!

John Wenger

chrisMsimon said...

Hey Kevin, my birthday September 4 and liked your leadership piece, but wished it was longer. I cannot help thinking that relative is the state of hosting scurrilous or offensive posts on some of the major social media. Having led many digital developments, the influencer’s I always admired were guys like Peter Gabriel and David Bowie. We always felt that one day it would hopefully no longer just be about data processing and systems integration; but with an emphasis on usability and the world openly participating with each other’s content, as has happened. Working very much on a new leadership wish, it’s a shame that some think Twitter should best be renamed Trolls R Us and that we’re definitely now in the age of anonymous and sometimes quite vicious posts. It’s certainly one of the reasons I avoided setting up Facebook or Twitter accounts in my name or in any handle. I still don’t believe in censoring or big brother watching the cloud, but my real concern is I believe uninvited discussion is not just from lurking strangers who hide their identities, but often publishers with multiple accounts who control a kind of contemporary bullying. Current leaders no less, who create cyclical abuse to grab the highest forum of controversy. Mainstream journalists and even the creators and hosts of a lot of so called social networks have actually become pretty anonymous themselves. I hope in the next ten years it really does become a like minded world coming together to discuss issues of how to make content more creative. You might say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.