Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Monthly Digital Leadership Brief Jan. 2016: Leading through Questioning!

Digital Leaders Lead Through Questioning!

The blog is a dynamic book flowing with your thought; growing through your dedication; sharing your knowledge; conveying your wisdom, and making influence through touching the hearts and connecting the minds across the globe. The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 1.2 million page views with about #2300 blog posting. Among 59+ different categories of leadership, management, strategy, digitalization, change/talent, etc. Digital LEADERSHIP is the hidden GEM,  Here is a set of featured digital leadership inquiries to celebrate the New Year! Leading through Questioning.

Is Leadership Situational? In substance, leadership is all about future, about change, about progress and innovation, direction and dedication. Leaders set principles, open for criticism, and take the risk for innovation. Leadership is composed of three characteristics: substance, skills, and styles, what are the golden ratio of leadership, though? In practice, is digital leadership “harder” or “softer”? Generic or situational?

Is Leadership about Power or Empowerment? Power has many different formats; some visible, some invisible; some are earned, some are given; some are delightful, some are intimidating; here are a few different types of powers: position power is associated with people who are in a position to ‘boss” others. People fear the consequences of not doing what is asked of them. Expert power comes from a person’s expertise. This is commonly a person with an acclaimed skill or accomplishment. Influence power is associated with people who are well-liked and respected hold this kind of power. What’s the correlation between leadership and power? Is leadership more about power or empowerment?

Is Digital Leadership more “Harder” or “Softer”?: The digital world today is much more complicated and that requires an ability to juggle multiple and competing demands and clear the vision under cloudy climate and uncertain circumstances. Businesses need to recognize changes and help leaders meet the challenge via business savvyness and agility. Improvisation, fact finding, analysis and synthesis, trial and error, all are marks of leadership. However, comparing to the industrial leadership, is digital leadership 'harder or softer'? How can you get the balance right - Leadership substance, leadership competency & skills, and leadership styles?

Is Leadership about Change? The world has changed significantly, and the speed of change is accelerating. Not only has it gotten flatter (globalization), but also it’s gotten hyper-connected (digitalization). This is where leadership must invoke great vision, good tactics and bold innovations comes into play. Leadership is about future, future is full of changes, is leadership all about change as well?

Does A Highly Effective Leader Create Discomfort? Leaders play the pivotal role in driving organization’s growth and leading societal progress, how to walk the talk and lead effectively? Should a high-effective leader get liked by all or create discomfort to provoke talent growth? Getting respected or being popular, which one is more important?  

Blogging is not about writing, but about thinking and innovating the new ideas; it’s not just about WHAT to say, but about WHY to say, and HOW to say it. It reflects the color and shade of your thought patterns, and it indicates the peaks and curves of your thinking waves. Unlike pure entertainment, quality and professional content takes time for digesting, contemplation and engaging, and therefore, it takes the time to attract the "hungry minds" and the "deep souls." It’s the journey to amplify diverse voices and deepen digital footprints, and it's the way to harness your innovative spirit.


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