Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Deep Mind: "IGE" Factors in Digital Leadership Profundity

Leadership not profound is just like a tree without a root.

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At siloed industrial era, leadership effectiveness is perhaps dependent on the hierarchical level of authority and brute force style of command and control, it's about how loud you can speak or how hard you can push; however, digital flow changes the landscape of communication, collaboration and connection, instead of being loud, digital leadership must go deeper, to touch the heart and mind, to practice the power of pull, to lead via influence, and to harmonize via positivity. Here are IGE factors of leadership profundity.

Insight: Insight is the ability to perceive clearly or deeply penetration. It’s not the acquisition of knowledge that will make the leader, it is the desire to acquire and apply that knowledge, transform into the insight that will make the leader. The difference comes from altitude, attitude, and aptitude that drives continuous progress and become better.  To share the insightful quote "don't teach people the knowledge they need, teach them the desire to learn.” Leadership in itself is a purpose driven, a constant learning process that requires the leader to build experience and to share insight.

 Furthermore, insight is being able to identify the root cause of a problem or the core issues of a situation which leads to understanding and resolution in a systematic way. Too often people may take the easy path, think and work at a superficial level rather than spend the time to understand what is going on underneath. Insight is an understanding of cause and effect based on the identification of relationships and behaviors within a model, context, or scenario. The more complex the situation is, the more different approaches and role gaming is needed to reach for understanding, insight takes both creativity and reasoning, intuition and logic, the power of acute observation and deduction, questioning, connection, penetration, discernment, and perception. An insightful digital leader has better chance to figure out the “secret sauce” to blend the color of the character and make influence via wisdom and cognizance.

Gravitas: Gravitas is a mindset. Leadership is not about acting, it's about how you can generate a specific energy in yourself to help consciously and consistently create the authentic impact you choose. Gravitas is neither defined by external environments nor external pressures but is ultimately defined by the character traits of leaders and profundity of their leadership. Gravitas and humility have similarity, but also different. Humility is more attitude driven, with such humbleness, but gravitas can mean, even more, it could be situation driven, it means consistency, persistence, steadiness, confidence or even a piece of pride, to be who you are and what you do. It takes the breadth of understanding of situation and depth of cogitative insight upon circumstances to have nature magnet to cause so-called gravitas.

Empathy: Digital is the age of empathy, it is the ability to think as if you were in the other person’s position, empathy conveys the RESPECT which is crucial to binding peer-to-peer relationship and connect the mind and touch the heart. Without empathy, there cannot be a rapport and thus no sustainable business relationships. As the world moves into a hyper-connected and interdependent digital relationship age, empathy is the single defining quality that will distinguish great leaders from the rest, to go deeper, not louder; first, understand, then be understood; first listen, then make a conversation; first envision, then communicate; first observe, then perceive; first learn to absorb knowledge, then capture insight, and gain wisdom. Leadership influence via empathy is one of those things that makes the human world go round, being coherent with its physical shape, and being harmonized with nature ecosystem.

Go one inch deeper, the leadership can be 1000 times+ more effective. To achieve this ideal or philosophy we must nurture the ATTITUDE and build it with the APTITUDE. Leadership like the Sea shall be profound to embrace the differences; leadership also like the valley should be deep to amplify the influence.


Nice post!!! Digital Leadership is a great one-stop shopping place to learn about all the key ingredients you will need for success in the digital age.

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