Friday, July 1, 2016

The Book “Leadership Master” Tuning I: Three Insight of Thought Leadership

Leadership journey is a healthy cycle of practicing, mastering and gaining wisdom.

Leadership comes in all ages, forms, and styles. To put simply, leadership is to bridge, not to divide; leadership is to adapt, not too rigid; Leadership is to innovate, not a status quo; leadership is to move forward, not backward. This is particularly true for digital leadership because leaders today have to navigate through uncharted digital territories and lead toward a hyperconnected digital reality. Leadership effectiveness is less about controlling via command and status quo, more about influence via mind connecting and heart touching. What is further insight about Thought Leadership?

Leadership is a principle: The substances of leadership are about vision, positive influence, and progression. Leaders have to make a conscious choice to continuously learn, practice and improve upon the leadership quality and influence. Leadership is about developing people not managing them. Therefore, it is imperative that "leadership" be re-imagined, explored, understood and embraced for it to be of any value. It is imperative that the elements of leadership be valued. Far too often the term "leadership" is thrown around loosely and without any regard to true meaning. Remember, leadership isn't a job title; leadership really is a character and personal development, you must continue to learn and improve upon the leadership capabilities.Leadership is a principle, but often you have to break down the outdated rules in order to lead forward.

Leadership is a mindset: Leadership is a contextual phenomenon, that portents the state of the potential. Leadership is a consequence of ecology. Talent development of such leadership tends to occur on an ad hoc basis and is dependent upon the emergence and recognition of these native talents. It is a mindset that requires commitment from the very top of an organization all the way to the bottom without exception. The effectiveness of digital leadership is significantly based on the leaders' thinking capabilities: critical thinking, creative thinking, systems thinking, etc, with multidimensional intelligence.There are those who seek the justification of leadership via virtuous qualities, but its reality is a cultural sanctioning of a mean to an end. Digital leadership is about the balance of "Yin and Yang," to avoid the pitfall of “extreme thinking” or group thinking, or silo thinking. If an executive leader has the right amount of humility, he or she will embrace the diversity of thoughts and pursue the outliner’s viewpoint, and strike the right balance in order to make effective decisions and lead confidently and effectively.

Leadership is about change: Fundamentally leadership is about change and influencing people to change. Leadership is the capacity to influence others through inspiration, motivated by a passion, generated by a vision, birthed by a conviction of a sense of purpose of why you were created. Leadership is the ability to influence with or without authority. It is the power of example that frees people to do willingly and well which needs to be done. Leadership is moving you and others, and it is about change and evolving to what is needed next. Leadership is all about change management and also the ability to take the initiative. Though change is not for its own sake, but for innovation or improvement.

So a Thought Leader can connect the mind via knowledge and insight, touch heart via understanding, make sound judgment in decision making, leverage Systems principles in problem-solving, and they can strike the right balance of confidence and humility, creativity and standardization, leadership and management, local and global, and they are the one who never stop learning. Leadership journey is a healthy cycle: Practice leads to mastery which leads to wisdom which leads to more practice and more mastery.


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