When the everyday is changing every day, we have the opportunity to lean into the uncertainty and do what we can do – here and now.
Businesses need a new leadership approach to drive transformation and respond to changes in business, technology and society and the wide-scale disruption caused by the pandemic.
Modern Leadership is the vision and direction of a business’s strategies, actions and behaviours in response to the changing world of new technologies, shifting consumer needs and social change.
The pace of change will only accelerate as the world adjusts and businesses and consumers begin to regain confidence. Now is a great time to get your house in order, sharpen your approach and make sure you have the Modern Leadership skills and mindset your business needs.
When you are competing for the best people out there, you cannot afford to look like you have some catching up to do with your competitors, or feel out of step when interviewing potential candidates.
Building Modern Leadership teams is a journey unique to you and your business.
How you engage and attract some of the best players out there is down to your own style and approach, your culture and business goals.
Learning and tackling the new is always a little scary, right? But you’ve done it before, at work and at play. Remember? Something drew you to it, although you didn’t have a clue how it all worked. But gradually you learned. You gained knowledge, picked up the new lingo, understood who the players and experts are. It felt great to do something new and do it well. You became part of the tribe, which is an innately joyful human experience. It starts with an interest, then you invest time and effort and over time you get really good at it.
Yes, there is a theoretical element to learning through listening, reading or being taught or coached. However, nothing beats the experiential part that turns a layman into an expert.
Besides the rewards and joys of building new skills and expertise, learning how to do this yourself has the lovely side effect of keeping the career decline wolf at the door. You’ve still got it. You can hold your own with the people at work who are ten/twenty years younger.
I’ve pulled together a few ideas of how you can explore and get into Modern Leadership. You may just want to learn enough to keep you dangerous, or you may find a new interest that keeps you enthralled on a path to deeper expertise.
Have fun learning, switch to an exploration and discovery mode.
Connect with people, get familiar with the terminology, read books, articles and posts, listen to podcasts. Don’t forget to share what you know and think with others.
Use Your New Insights
The only way to get comfortable with and deepen your new knowledge is by using it.
Don’t start from scratch. Modern Leadership is additive to your existing skills and approach, so keep building and practicing. This will position you well amongst the leaders and experts who are also exploring what comes next.
Your Business Is The Athlete
You are the team leader or the coach who knows how to assemble and play with a Modern Leadership team to win with your business growth and transformation strategy and compete in this new and crazy world.
It’s An Infinite Game
Thank you, Simon Sinek! The Infinite Game
Understand the game and recognise that it is an ongoing effort to build a winning Modern Leadership team. Make sure your team is trained and conditioned well in every Modern Leadership discipline you need in your business. Continually judge your team’s skills, strengths and ability, be aware of the gaps and find your solutions to fill them.
Keep It Real And Make It Yours.
Building trust with your existing team and potential new hires is a critical component to attract and set up newcomers for success.
Unleashed by Frances Frei & Anne Morris has some great advice on how to build trust and lead today.
Make Sure Your Culture Is Elastic Enough To Absorb The New.
Strong business cultures are critical to success today. However, a culture can also harbour, hide and protect entrenched fiefdoms or fears that stand in the way of progress.
Remember, It’s A journey.
There will be days when the new and unknown are overwhelming, but there will also be the glory days when all the hard work has been worth it.
Let’s build a Modern Leadership Community.
Please connect with me, or follow Frisch Search Modern Leadership if you are interested in becoming part of it.