Friday, June 3, 2016

The Monthly Digital Leadership Brief June, 2016

The substance of leadership never changes, it is all about future.

From one generation to the next, the substance of leadership does not change, it’s about future, change, and influence. However, digital the leadership trends will continue to emerge. Here is a set of featured blogs to brainstorm the future of digital leadership.

Is Digital Leadership Constructively Disruptive? Many think digital is the age of innovation. Digital is a disruption with rapidly increasing speed and hyperconnectivity to break down silos and rigid hierarchy. Digitalization implies the full-scale changes in the way business is conducted so that simply adopting a new digital technology may be insufficient. You have to transform the company's underlying processes, cultures, and organization as a whole with adjusted digital speed. Otherwise, companies may begin a decline from its previous high performance. Digital border is not made of sharp lines, but cursive dots need to be widely connected to spark the next level of innovation. And in order to lead more effectively, does a digital leader have to be constructively disruptive?

Digital Leadership as Harmonizer Though the substance of leadership never changes, it is all about future. Leadership is situational, in every era, there is the different theme for leadership effectiveness. If the agricultural leadership is about surviving from the scarcity of resources; the industrial leadership is based on command and control to build a certain order from chaos, and then digital leadership is about harmonizing and orchestrating toward the next level of prosperity of human society. Because we slowly, but steadily move to the era with an abundance of knowledge and flow of information and ideas, and digital leadership should also leap to the next level of maturity with the following traits.

“WHY, WHAT, and HOW” in Authentic Leadership? Leadership is complex yet simple: Complex in that there are so many traits and characteristics that are considered when evaluating a leader. Simplicity in that the substantial of leadership never changes, it’s about future. What are great questions to inspire authentic leadership and how to improve leadership effectiveness?

Five Mental Characteristics in Systems Thinking to Shape Digital Leadership  Systems Thinking (ST) is the ability to navigate levels of abstraction or logic as an essential thinking skill. Most folks follow the conventional way of thinking, it is what they have always been taught and learned to do. But digital leaders need to understand things and circumstances in a more holistic way or think differently in order to clear the vision and navigate the uncharted water to lead digital transformation seamlessly. But how can they leverage Systems Thinking, what are specific mental characteristics in Systems Thinking to shape digital leadership effectiveness?

Three Traits in Innovative Leadership Creativity is the most wanted skill for digital professionals today, and innovative leadership is also in strong demand to bridge cognitive gaps, amplify collective creativity, inspire the culture of learning, and accelerate digital transformation. What are the top traits in innovative leadership, and how to cultivate more world-class innovative leaders?

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