How can today’s business leaders keep up with the seismic geopolitical and economic shifts in the world?
What do these mean for their own leadership narratives?
In their newly-released book, The Leadership Lab: Understanding leadership in the 21st century, author Chris Lewis and megatrends analyst Dr. Pippa Malmgren set out to help leaders navigate these changes successfully. Covering everything from how to build a new type of leadership trust when other spheres of public power have been overturned to robots overtaking companies, this book explains not only why the old rules no longer apply, but also how to blaze a trail in this new world order and be the best leader you can be.
I recently had the opportunity to ask the authors about their new book and get their thoughts on some of the most important challenges facing leaders today.
“’What do you think?’ are the four most powerful words in a leaders armory.” -Lewis and Malmgren
What are some of the skills required in the 21st century that are different from previous generations of leaders?
There is but one skill required today that is different from previous generations. That is the willingness and ability to embrace uncertainty. Once a leader has abandoned certainty, they are on the path to excellence. The fact-based, research-led, ‘drill-down’ analytical approach that has historically been followed in the pursuit of efficiency is no longer enough. There’s nothing wrong with this, provided it is not at the expense of a ‘look-across’ big picture view. The reductionist model with one right answer at the back of the book promulgated by the infallible (often male) leader, is disappearing. This means the leader can no longer afford to predict one outcome but must now prepare for all outcomes.
“There is but one skill required today that is different from previous generations. That is the willingness and ability to embrace uncertainty.” -Lewis and Malmgren
What are some of the dangers of over-relying on data analysis when it comes to leadership?