Leading as if the whole world is watching – because it is.
Leaders are learning, some the hard way, that there is nearly no such thing as a private moment. Whether it's the demands of the 24/7 news cycle, the ubiquity of cameras and recording devices, or a cultural obsession with reality shows and bad behavior, the end result is the same – unforgiving scrutiny. Simply put, Miles notes, "Leaders have to remember they're always 'on the record.'" To survive in that sort of environment, leaders today have to lead consistently and transparently. Any word or deed could be captured for eternity, and anything a leader says and does could become a defining moment. There is no down time. As Miles cautions, "There are Monday morning quarterbacks inside and outside your company with the ability to scrutinize your every move and then to broadcast it to the world with their own spin and for their own purpose."
"CEOs face no shortage of tough challenges coming into 2014," says Stephen Miles, founder and chief executive of The Miles Group, which advises top CEOs and boards globally. "From our work with CEOs and boards this winter, we've identified the things that are front of mind for them this year."