A Completely New Way of Leading?
Research from Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends determines the digital age needs a “completely new way of leading.”
Does this mean your leadership is outdated…? Perhaps.
You might be thinking: ‘Wait a minute! I am a top leader. If not the top leader in my organization, someday I will be since my colleagues experience me as a good – even great – collaborator. In fact, excelling in collaborating has gotten me here.”
But let’s look at these results from collaborative-based leadership:
- 75% of cross functional teams are dysfunctional. (HBR 2015)
- 87% of teams are not highly productive. (Heidrick & Struggles 2017)
- Higher than 25% of teams are downright lagging or derailing. (Heidrick & Struggles 2017)
- 13% of teams that are highly productive only last 9 to 12 months. (HBR 1995)
- 94% of HR executives from Fortune 500 companies reported that executives in their C-suite are not a well-integrated team. (Heidrick & Struggles 2017)
The numbers reflected in this research clearly demonstrate that collaboration is not sufficient for the digital age, which makes sense when we consider that it is an industrial age concept and practice rooted in co-labor. Soon, collaboration will be as outdated as command and control is today.
Shared leadership within collaboration involves leading or following depending upon the situation. What’s evolving for the digital age is Simultaneity™, leading and following simultaneously. Leading and following in the same action and inspiring others to do so creates consistent synergy.
If you want to co-create the evolutionary edge of leadership, check out my blog: Leadership is Evolving. Are You?