Friday, April 21, 2017

Blogging, Thinking, Brainstorming, Envisioning, and Innovating

Blogging is not just about writing, but about thinking, brainstorming, envisioning, and innovating.
It’s the time to celebrate the 3700th blog posting. The intention of creating the “Future of CIO” blog is to sow the innovation seed, share knowledge & insight, make continuous communication, and create a unique digital landscape for accelerating business transformation and leadership maturity.

Digital leaders are lifetime learner with a thirst for knowledge, insight, and wisdom: Digital leadership is the journey of continuous learning and making leadership influence. Leadership is a journey from good to great. Greatness is what you overcome. The difficult situations, challenges, problems, all those things that make you suffer lead to greatness if you could overcome and learn from them. Leaders have to make a conscious choice to continuously learn, practice and improve upon the leadership quality and influence. Digital leaders need to be ambidextrous, both having the ability to “Talk the Walk” for abstracting your thoughts and leadership philosophy based on your own unique experience and understanding, and “Walk the Talk,” via following digital principles and practicing leadership disciplines. Leadership is a principle. The bridge between the old school management and innovative digital leadership is to set up timeless principles. Leadership is a principle, but often you have to break down the outdated rules in order to lead forward.

Digital leaders are change agents, they are quite eager and enthusiastic to drive challenging digital transformation initiatives: 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. It is imperative that digital "leadership" needs to be re-imagined, explored, understood and embraced for it to be of any value. Effective leadership must come from in-depth understanding and build a set of capabilities to make sound judgments & effective decisions. The quality of your thinking decides your leadership effectiveness and profundity. Leadership competency is based on the soundness of judgment and decision effectiveness for solving problems directly or indirectly. Due to the “VUCA” characteristics of the digital era, High IQ + High EQ are not sufficient to make a great digital leader. Digital leadership is the state of mind, to continuously connect dots and catalyze creativity. Today’s digital leaders must have multidimensional intelligence, to practice brain power for boosting creativity, dealing with paradox, overcoming silos, cultivating culture intelligence, and embracing holism.

Becoming a leader is a process of becoming your true authentic self in all that you are today and "to be" in the future: Ask the big “WHY” question to discover your intention to lead, the leadership authenticity and will power. The foundation of leadership is based on AUTHENTICITY. An authentic leader fills a certain gap or multiple gaps in order to lead to the future. And then you can dig through your innate strength and discover your leadership niche, to enforce your leadership influence. Be authentic is to be true to oneself and to have the ability to know that nobody is perfect but can live a dream perfectly. Being able to quickly articulate the value that you bring to others is critical to helping others learn about how you can benefit them. Leadership needs to be profound. 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.

The path to digital leadership mastery is something that unfolds day by day. At the hyper-connected digital era, to break down stereotypical biases or any types of career ceilings, positive mindset, expert power, continuous improvement, and dynamic digital footprint become the very significant part of being “who you are.” Leadership is the state of mind and a set of hard capabilities to make a continuous delivery and maintain a consistent reputation.

  • The defining qualities that will distinguish great leaders from the rest are stemmed from the mindset level.

  • Authenticity is the most fundamental, but challenging attribute for leadership.

  • Innovative leadership is essentially anchored on the leader’s overall multifaceted resourcefulness and multidimensional competencies.

  • It seems to be many leaders have conventional wisdom, but creative leaders have better common sense.
  • A wise leader doesn’t just follow but discover their own path.
  • The substance of leadership never changes, it’s all about making a positive influence, and providing the right direction.

  • A fundamental purpose of leadership is to provide vision and empower change.

  • The more gaps a leader can mind, the better and bigger influence she or he can make.


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