Eight Simple Leadership Insights in the Digital Age
1. Digital Age follows the Holacracy Model- no one is the boss, all are leaders.
Holacracy aims to distribute the authority of decision-making and innovation through teams that govern and lead themselves. No classical hierarchical system where authority and decision-making are concentrated at the top. Leaders key role is enabling the interchangeability of role play and learning the art of being led while leading.
2. Leaders learn to hire and engage people smarter than themselves
Leaders today need a team with diverse core skills and competencies, intrapreneurial approach to business and a mindset that deals with agility, autonomy and innovation. Identifying, influencing and engaging such talent is now the leaders responsibility and not the human resource department.
3. Today’s talent works for leaders not organisations.
Leaders ability to connect, collaborate and communicate defines retention. Talented teams come with their own set of ego’s and idiosyncrasies. It is the leaders job to overlook the non-critical ones and harness the talent within. Learn to explore not exploit.
4. Strategic Thinking is not the prerogative of top leadership. Democratise.
Strategic thinking is the art of collecting nuggets of information and piecing the puzzles to foresee trends. These nuggets of wisdom can be found anywhere and everywhere- more so at the operational and customer enabling side of the business. Strategic thinking is not the prerogative of top leadership, democratise and see the strategic shift in your business.
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5. Modern leaders practice “managed empowerment”.
Today’s leader practices “managed empowerment. Progress no longer hinges on a leader’s approval of every action. Such micromanaging alienates talent, impedes innovation, and cedes ground to more agile competitors.
6. A leader’s success is measured by innovation, not execution.
The leader’s mission is empowering innovation. Business survival hinges on innovation and agility. Leaders must learn to recognise trends, identify opportunities, and embrace promising ideas.
7. Training digital leaders requires new mindsets, not just skill sets.
The traditional leadership development practices are incompatible with the modern team. These skills no longer fit the contemporary workplace. It needs a whole new mindset, a transformational shift. Skills enable actions while mindsets provide context for those actions.
8. The informal-incognito Leader is omnipresent and ambidextrous.
It’s imperative to develop leaders at all levels of an organisation. Informal leaders shape the progress of teams despite formal titles or designation. In a recent survey, 91 percent of respondents agreed that these informal leaders can be more effective than formal leaders.
This article was first published on Raj Grover's LinkedIn.
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