It’s clear that we now live in a world full of confusion, ambiguity and disruption. The pace of change has outstripped our ability to keep up with it. The way we develop our leaders needs to be updated. We can’t expect them to learn leadership as if they were still at school being taught by subject matter experts, where every subject had a separate teacher, in a separate classroom, sharing their passion and narrow expertise.
Here are ten disciplines based on what today’s leaders do:
- Foster a high-performance environment in which success is unavoidable.
- Awaken people’s potential to deliver extraordinary results.
- Operate with audacity, simplicity, and agility.
- Understands themselves and have a story to tell
- Inspire action
- Build high-performance teams
- Come up with new ideas
- Deal with uncertainty and minimize risk.
- Deliver quickly
Living the disciplines: To live these disciplines, leaders need to be 100% authentic in their leadership brand, building on strengths. They are happy being vulnerable and can be themselves, sharing their leadership philosophy. They use stories and examples to give meaning and inspire action, creating a real sense of value.
In a rapidly changing world, they have to be mentally tough and resilient and be comfortable with paradoxes. They lead with questions and only tell people the answers when the direction is absolutely needed but also need to adopt a way of working, a way of creating routines and rituals, that is based on a set. As a result of many great discussions and conversations with leading practitioners and many workshops focused on decoding what leadership should look like in the future, “The Leadership Flywheel” was invented.
What is the Leadership Flywheel?
This is a practical approach that can be adjusted depending on the context and situation of the leader.
Making a Positive Difference: Great leaders make a positive difference to people’s lives by creating a high performance environment where success is inevitable and performance can flourish. They do this by being purpose led.
Leadership questions to think about:
- What are you doing to make a positive difference in people’s lives?
- What’s your leadership goal?
- What’s your legacy?
Be yourself: By being themselves, leaders will develop greater trust, better collaboration and ultimately enable their success.
Being collaborative: They need to work with others and collaborate to achieve success. They do this by being well networked with groups of people inside and outside of their organizations. There is a need for conversational leaders, leaders who can run great meetings and workshops, ensuring they add value. They also need to be comfortable working with remote and virtual teams.
Pulling all this together: The key question is how to make all this work. How to translate it all to action. This is where the Leadership Flywheel comes in.
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