Leadership is a hot topic.
Everywhere you look, great leaders are sharing insight and information.
Everyone wants to know what is new in leadership.
But with so much talk about leadership what can we bring to the table that is new?
How can we keep the conversation fresh?
Sometimes what is new is difficult to see.
It is difficult because so many of leadership’s fundamentals are unchanged.
As time passes, the behaviors, actions, and practices of an effective leader tend to look familiar.
However, what doesn’t look familiar is our workplace.
What has changed is our culture.
Things are different now then they were five, ten, twenty years ago. Our workplace culture is drastically different.
Technology has changed everything.
Information is available immediately and on a 24-hour news cycle.
Ideas move very far and very fast. And with a workforce that is constantly plugged in, the line between work time and personal time is blurred.
The web has shrunken our world. We can now have effortless connection and interaction with a workforce that is no longer homogenous. The variety of cultures, genders, and nationalities that we are connected to has changed the professional environment.
Today the context of leadership is different.
Today we have new demands.
Today’s workforce demands more authenticity and transparency from its leaders. They are thirsty for integrity. They long to trust and to be trusted by those in positions of leadership.
As leaders, we are expected to exhibit more heart and employ less heavy-handed power.
We must lead with open minds, open hearts and open will.
We must value collaboration over competition.
Our workforce needs its leaders to change. So we must.
Today’s leadership begins from within.
While these changes are personal in nature, they won’t be made solely for us. They must be made for everyone in our organization.
Leadership, now more than ever, is about personal awareness and personal mastery. When leaders understand themselves – when you understand yourself, you are better equipped to help others.
This inside out leadership will make a difference not only to us but also to the world.
Lead from Within: What’s “new” in leadership? “New” leadership is leading so that your organization reaps the benefits of who you are and who you are becoming.