Connecting the proverbial dots is an invaluable quality in this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment. Leaders and the teams they lead need to be able to step back from the details and supposed chaos and look for patterns – similarities between what’s occurring now and past experiences (even if not directly related in content), and to separate what’s working from what’s not working (and what underlying patterns or trends can be found). When leaders step back from a situation, they can gain a greater sense of perspective, typically from seeing more of the context (i.e., the elements surrounding what’s going on, not simply looking only at the issue itself).
Are we on Leadership 2.0? 3.0? 17.0?
Leadership must evolve to embrace new dynamics, focusing on engagement and buy-in – creating dialogue, stirring up participation, and driving people to focused, purposeful action.
The “newest leadership” evolution brings seven new critical success factors, identified by Luke Iorio of iPEC, to the forefront.