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Leadership Notes -- Thoughts on Leading People and Making a Difference in Organizations

Word count this issue: 388

Estimated reading time:  2.15 minutes


Good morning from AC 131 enroute home from New York, via Toronto. I’ve had an exciting couple of days working with leaders from two continents and the NeuroLeadership Institute. We were reviewing content and exploring methodologies for delivering the NLI content. Smart people, great content and wonderful dialogue; it has been a good week so far.


A fundamental question for us all is, how do we engage people, asking us all to perform at our best, more often? To paraphrase one of my colleagues from yesterday, “what got us here, won’t get us there.” It appears to me (and I am open to conversation about this as you know,) that we are in the midst of a revolution as massive as the Industrial Revolution of circa 1750 - 1850. The working world is changing around us, due in large part to the digital (and perhaps even the Cloud) revolution. And we are still trying to lead and manage using almost Feudal models of power, control and authority.


The key to survive times a turbulent as these is to change our selves. ‘What got us here, won;t get us there.” We need to change our own thinking about leadership and what that very deep word might mean in the coming 10 years. Rather than giving what I think what leadership will look like in 10 years time, I invite you into a thought experiment you can do yourself. Take some reflection time to consider the following questions.

  1. What will your organization/industry look like in10 years time? What will it look like, feel like, and act like?
  2. Who will be the people your organization will be hiring (or partnering with) in 10 years time? (Don’t just include demographics here, but think about competencies as well?
  3. Whom do you see yourself becoming in the next 10 years? (Try to steer away from roles here, and think about what people will depend upon you for?)
  4. What then are the competencies you need to work on (both technical and behavioural competencies and your strengths and challenges) to be the best leader you can be 10 years from now?



Feel free to send me some of your thinking. I am curious.