Sunday, February 2, 2020

Leadership Psychology, Philosophy, and Methodology

Effective leadership is a good combination of substances plus styles, psychologically, philosophically and methodologically.

The shift to digital cuts across sectors, geographies and leadership roles and the digital transformation is now spreading rapidly to enable organizations of all shapes and sizes to reinvent themselves. But dealing with challenges and tough problems facing today’s business requires an accelerated digital mindset and open leadership style. To thrive in the exponential digital era, business leaders can see possibilities before others, and they can also tackle great challenges with grand consequences over long time spans. Here are digital leadership psychology, philosophy, and methodology.

Psychology: Leadership is about setting directions, making positive influences and inspiring progression. It’s a psychological phenomenon. The qualitative digital leaders must be very open to knowledge, desire for insight, and hunt for wisdom. One of the most influencing aspects of people's psychology is how they perceive the world around and how they relate to it. The very goal of leadership is to instill positive psychology, rejuvenate progressive changes, unlock human potential, and awaken possibilities in people to deliver extraordinary results.

Leadership psychology is about a leader's mindset and behavior; the thoughts and perceptions of issues and surroundings. Great leaders are authentic, their vision broadens leadership influence, their knowledge strengthens leadership effectiveness, and their insight deepens their progression. In essence, leadership is an influence, starting at the psychological vision.

Philosophy: Leadership is both art and science. Philosophy is the foundation of all sorts of science, to put another way, philosophy can talk about the status of other sciences and allow us to see the cause and effect thoroughly. The digital era with knowledge abundance upon us opens a new chapter of human progress, thus, leadership philosophy is the compass of human civilization. In reality, there does appear to be a leadership gap. Digital leaders with philosophical understanding can practice abstract thinking and communication to reach a point of agreement for setting up the right digital principles, navigate uncertainty, harness innovation, and accelerate the societal evolution effortlessly.

A leadership philosophy is also about pursuing a holistic understanding of the hyperconnected digital business world and discovering a better way to do things. Thus, it enforces interdisciplinary problem-solving. A philosophy will embed when great leaders understand themselves because there's a personal and emotive connect and when it answers the question of "what's in it for me." They also have the empathy to gain an understanding of others, they have a story to tell, share their leadership vision and philosophy, they build trust, they are positive, healthy and in pursuit of collective human progress.

Methodology: Leadership is both principle and discipline, methodology and practice. Great leaders have their version of the playbook and their handy toolbox to improve leadership effectiveness and efficiency. They are resourceful and insightful, are able to make the most out of what they have to achieve their vision. Hence, knowledge, insight, and wisdom are the best tools to sharpen leadership effectiveness and maturity.

Leadership is a sophisticated discipline. On one hand, leadership becomes more open and omnipresent in the digital era because the hierarchy of an organization is flatter due to the latest digital disruption. On the other hand, leadership becomes more complex due to the exponential growth of information and frequent disruptions. Great leaders have a unique insight to bridge the multitude of leadership gaps and demonstrate the ability to learn and become learning agile. They know how to carry themselves in most contexts. They understand how to make decisions in a manner that is in the best interests of the parties involved, and ultimately improve leadership maturity.

Effective leadership is a good combination of substances plus styles, psychologically, philosophically and methodologically. The maturity of digital leadership depends on a number of factors such as the purpose to lead, cognitive intelligence, emotional intelligence, and the mix of knowledge and experience, etc. It’s a well-known fact that there is no perfect leader, but the progressive one is on their way to be more effective. Leadership is the journey to drive changes and make continuous deliveries.


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