Saturday, August 14, 2021

Cross boundary Leadership

To anticipate change and having the courage to take a leap of faith into the future are well known attributes of cross-boundary innovative leaders at all times.

The world has been interwoven through the internet and the latest technologies, today’s workforce is multinational, multigenerational, multicultural, and multi-devicing. Leadership now becomes more open and trans-disciplinary, influential and innovative. 

Cross-boundary (cross-geographical, cross-industrial, cross-functional, cross-cultural) leadership is in demand to be able to facilitate and orchestrate the beauty of varieties, multifaceted values, enriched cultures, and gain a profound understanding of the business ecosystem to drive progressive changes synchronously.

We need more inclusive and versatile leadership to balance, voice, and influence: Silo is part of reality. People create conflicts between different groups that have their own senses of belief, reality, strength and weakness. Thus, disagreements and antagonisms arise between groups. This may cause individuals or the group of people to rationalize their own sense of reality by disempowering or ignoring others’ viewpoints. Thus, cross-boundary leaders need to have an open mind, show flexibility, break down outdated rules or silos, clarify communication by paying attention to context, context, and style, develop world-class insight and foresight and build global cognizance. With emerging platforms and collaboration tools, business leaders can build their cross-border leadership capacity for connecting, inspiring, motivating, and providing the business justification, selling a holistic vision, and creating a highly integrated and highly engaging workforce. Modern leaders with empathy can adapt and become a better and creative communicator.

Cross-boundary communication enhances holistic problem-solving. Communication is the tool to solve problems; consistent, clear communication between all stakeholders is the key to harmonize business relationships and improve management effectiveness. Communication needs to be concise enough to convey the key message; empathetic enough to understand others and creative enough to connect the heterogeneous team-setting. The strategic communication of business transformation initiated by top digital leaders is not the one-way street, but a multi-paths from top-down to bottom up; from inside out to outside-in, etc. Cross-boundary leaders are able to communicate objectively with strong logic, clarity, and understanding to bridge the variety of gaps, putting more emphasis on wisdom sharing, motivation, and involvement, deploying new ideas, taking new ventures and harnessing innovation. A clear communication to all levels of an organization is indeed a tool that may guarantee successful execution and achieve desired results.

We need more inferential, strategic, and innovative leaders to question, reason, and focus: We live in a global society with enriched knowledge and diversity of talent; the variety of perspectives opens our mind, and cross-boundary leadership needs to harness the values that each of us can bring to the table, unify the diverse perspective into a clear vision for driving desired change steadfastly. It is rather essential to note that strategy is everyone's responsibility if there is a lack of strong business logic- a system is not in place, the policy is not set right, the roles are not defined, people don't understand the purpose of their roles, it will be very hard to implement the strategy successfully. Leaders need to focus on cultivating a positive attitude with a problem-solving mindset

Organizations face numerous distractions and all sorts of challenges. Many departments are perhaps dysfunctional in different ways due to misalignment of people, process, or technology. Too often, leaders are allowed to complain generically about what they mean by competency gaps and often they pick the symptom, not digging through the root causes. Thus, cross-boundary leadership with strong discipline is in demand to question, reason and focus, create shared vision and common-understood goals, empower, support strategy champions and change agents, and then encourage the teams to compete and collaborate as they deem fit. The cross-boundary leadership competencies also include such as self-regulation, empathy, inclusiveness, motivation to work in an open, even a global environment, versatility to attract the best talent in creative problem-solving, etc.

We need to cultivate, develop, and grow more cross-boundary leaders who can proactively drive change and create a better world: Keep adding value is a key component to amplifying leadership influence, and in order to keep adding value, you need to keep growing. High potential leaders are intellectually curious, with a strong desire to learn and expand their horizon and unlock their creative potential to solve problems innovatively. Top talent is often the leader in their profession or industry. They continue to develop many important skills such as learning agility, cross-boundary communication and collaboration, inferential problem-solving, and innovation, etc. High-potential leaders or professionals are distinguished usually by their mastery of new roles quickly and effectively, learning more rapidly than their peers, and being more innovative to make change happen consistently.

Leadership is a journey and it develops daily, not in a day. In fact, the most critical and yet overlooked foundation to being a real leader is in choosing a destination that creates a better world! Becoming a cross-boundary leader means you need to have vision to bridge the difference; interdisciplinary knowledge to understand problems holistically; differentiated competency to solve issues innovatively. In order to tap your potential, investigate your passion, discover your strength, define competency and build capabilities, establish yourselves as having a very strong reputation in a particular topic area. A leader without character is a lack of authenticity; a leader without integrity is lack of credibility; a leader without a global mindset is lack of potential to amplify their influence. It is only when all individuals challenge themselves and then come together as a species will we see real human potential achieved.

After the end of the old and before the birth of the new, there is a disconcerting space, unlimited potential, and many possibilities. To anticipate change and having the courage to take a leap of faith into the future are well known attributes of cross-boundary innovative leaders at all times. Leadership is also like investing, it compounds. It is about leading others the way you would want to be led. It is about developing leaders who can then develop other leaders to make successful transformation all the time.

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