In the current interconnected and fast-changing world, leaders are most effective when engaging with their teams and broader stakeholders, providing them with time to reflect and the safe space to playfully experiment and offer unique perspectives.
1. Develop contextual awareness and system leadership.
It is also critically important that leaders make strategic decisions by carefully considering the demands and expectations of their stakeholders. In other words, current times require both greater contextual awareness and system leadership skills from leaders.
2. Combine top-down clarity with bottom-up initiatives.
The second aspect of good leadership is the ability to enable bottom-up contributions to fit this top-down strategic direction. It is the responsibility of the leadership to create the conditions and culture to empower people to contribute to the overall objectives from wherever they sit in the organization.
3. Create a space for collective learning and experimentation.
Engaged and motivated employees are instrumental to the success of any organization. This can be promoted by making sure people feel they can express themselves in their work, experiment and learn new things as well as feel a sense of purpose in what they do. One concrete way to make this happen is through the creation of experimental safe zones to allow for playful interactions and social bonding