interviews of leaders from some of the world's largest and most vibrant
organizations. The article suggests that leaders are operating in a 'bewildering
new environment in which little is certain, the tempo is quicker, and the
dynamics are more complex.' It then explores what it means to lead in an 'age
of upheaval, to master personal challenges, to be in the limelight constantly,
to make decisions under extreme uncertainty'.
excel at responding to the convergence of forces they operate within, like the ones
mentioned in the article. They do this by developing and articulating a cause
greater than themselves. By thinking and acting differently in ways that
transform opportunities, challenges, problems and constraints into innovative
ideas and solutions that change the world forever.
environment, to face the harsh realities of the competitive, volatile and
complex business environment, leaders are being compelled to;
perceive and respond appropriately to their worlds in multiple ways at once.
systemically through the breakdown of internal silos and the development of
business eco-systems. Where they engage and collaborate across the private,
public and social sectors to promote global, regional and corporate
having the composure to operate calmly, decisively and quickly amid chaos and
leaders to enact and embody this new context successfully. They can achieve
this by developing the innovative and entrepreneurial competences that enables
them to flow and flourish with the chaos, complexity and pressure through;
change; by enrolling in a cause greater than themselves, by adopting a
possibility mindset, by taking the deep personal accountability towards
ensuring its delivery and having a sense of urgency to get it done, no matter
and will to see the world with fresh eyes, by being detached and discerning to
let go of the 'old' mindsets, behaviors, processes and systems that are no
longer viable. To make way for experimenting and prototyping new and agile
business models and processes that provide innovative solutions that improve
their users' experience.
by challenging convention and the status quo, by developing the courage and
strong self efficacy to deal with adversity, take intelligent risks and be kind
to, and heal themselves (and others) when they fail.
and disciplines; by seeking people's ideas and input, through generative
inquiry, listening and debating to harness and maximize diversity of thought,
ideas and solutions.
muscle to synthesize and make sense of novel inputs, to discover new directions
by making connections across seemingly unrelated questions, problems or ideas. By
creating breakthroughs at the intersection of diverse disciplines & fields.
presence by role modeling these qualities to inspire and influence others to
engage and enroll in the innovation or leadership cause.
audacious model for leadership, requiring leaders to discard a number of their
former operating leadership and team paradigms ' 'today's leaders face
extraordinary new challenges and must learn to think differently about their
role and how to fulfill it. Those who do may have an opportunity to change the
world in ways their predecessors never imagined.'
'nice' or easy option, yet is it always the most worthwhile, rewarding and
enduring road to ultimately travel on, even though it might not like feel like
it at the time!
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and development businesses to Australia's and Israel's' top 100 companies. She
resides in Israel where she founded a start-up, ImagineNation that teaches
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