Thursday, September 22, 2022


Leadership is about minding the gap, harnessing innovation; growing more leaders, not just producing followers.

Our co-shared world becomes hyper-connected, over-complex, and interdependent; running a business and advancing human society is a tough journey with numerous roadblocks, hidden pitfalls on the way. Is contemporary leadership insightful and progressive enough?

 Great leadership is a set of advanced mindset and exemplary behaviors. Leadership mindset should be open to progresssive change, inclusive to embrace diverse viewpoints; empathetic to understanding other people, deep to make profound influence; and innovative to solve problems. It is hard to pick only one definitive leadership attribute because all aspects of leadership work in unison and can't be viewed in isolation. They become the key components of strong leadership disciplines.

Leadership vision & communication: Vision is where to go, how you see the future unfolding. Leadership vision is to be a guiding light; provides insight into where an organization needs to go and the future you want to realize from a coordinated effort. To clear the path, whether that is the elimination of obstacles or to provide coaching and guidance, a clearly-established vision not only needs to be based on a realistic expectation, but also high enough that inspires people to excel and challenge the organization to thrive.

A great leader is excellent in both interpersonal and intrapersonal communication, conveys their vision accurately, motivates cross-functional teams to take their organization through the necessary steps to realize the vision effectively. In practice, cross-boundary 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. Leadership communication effectiveness sets culture tones and develops dynamic business capabilities interwoven by all crucial organizational ingredients into long term business competencies.

Inclusiveness & innovation: Vision and innovation are different but complementary leadership competencies; "Vision" is a destination and 'innovation' is an alternative, better way to get you there. If vision is about the "end" status, then innovation is the means to the end; inclusiveness is the trend to nourish innovation and improve organizational competency. If inclusion is the leadership theme, organizations can build an open workplace in which everyone feels comfortable sharing ideas and thoughts because everyone has a different perspective based on their cognitive difference, values, professional expertise, and different life experiences. All levels in the organization can reap the benefits of professional growth and innovation excellence.

The further-looking progressive view of the leadership team helps to cultivate the culture of innovation, embrace inclusiveness and diversity, including different thinking styles and cognitive differences, and improve leadership maturity. Even though people have different intent, innate talent, personality traits, working styles, effective inclusion efforts and empathetic communication can bridge leadership and innovation gaps and build a complementary team to generate creative outcomes regularly and frequently.

Leadership integrity & intelligence:
With unprecedented complexity and exponential information growth, the mix of truth and myths, contemporary leadership needs to be based on constant and consistent integrity, multidimensional intelligence, and interdisciplinary expertise to amplify its impact. Strong leaders present the high levels of ethics, responsibility, integrity, accountability. They demonstrate courage to overcome barriers, break ceilings or correct unconscious bias; present credibility via role-modeling, show consistency by doing what they say and saying what they do.

Great leaders with leadership intelligence amplify influence at different cognitive or hierarchical levels to drive progressive changes. Leadership intelligence is contextual and multidimensional to make sound judgment and improve problem-solving effectiveness. Intelligent leaders have abilities to manage complexity, analyze both fact-based and intuitive input for decision-making. People with high emotional intelligence usually have an open mind, minimize biases, be cautiously optimistic, to improve problem-solving effectiveness.

Leadership is about the future-vision & direction; leadership is about change -progress and advancement; leadership is about minding the gap, harnessing innovation; growing more leaders, not just producing followers. Leadership development is not through cookie cutting approach, but to discover the uniqueness for minding leadership gaps, bridging leadership differences, to build integral leadership competency and amplify leadership influence.


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