So today Wes Roberts, a man who acts as a mentor-type in my life, gave all of his legions of mentees some homework:
Watch and listen to these six [Harvard Business Review Future of Leadership] videos (none more than 15 minutes long…so take a breath…). Two of them have multiple voices (like the first one…), so I will want your thoughts about each person speaking concerning what they are saying/suggesting…whether alone on the video as the one interviewed or in a short series. Send to me via an email the 2-3 most important statements you heard that will help to inform your own developing leadership. What struck you about their topic as a whole? And what challenged you in your current and/or future roles as a leader?
I hate to waste perfectly good homework, so I’m going to blog these. : ) In this first one, The Role of Tomorrow’s Leaders, many things were said – some contradictory. Watch it for yourself:
Here are some one-liners that stuck out to me:
Leaders of the future…
- Need to give things away
- Have much less control in the present than in the past
- Manage across borders
- Are networking, connecting leaders – distributed leadership at all levels (Starfish)
- Are more hierarchical? Structure of management still there; Ambidextrous leadership
- Can’t be stuck in counterproductive, anachronistic mindsets
- Build connections – bridge-builders, crossing different assumed boundaries
- Are utilizing new resources in a rapidly-changing world; navigating uncertainty
- Are finding common purpose amid social, cultural, & identity difference
I have nothing profound to add to this on a lazy, hazy, returning-to-Raleigh Saturday (except that KedgeForward can help your company make the above deep-culture transitions and more!)…what are your thoughts?