Today’s fast-paced, competitive and constantly changing world requires a new style of leadership; we call it “Connected Leadership”.
Why is it important?
Some of the changes that we have seen in business over the last twenty years which have had an impact on the way leaders lead include:
- Technology has made the world a global village and has both a positive and negative impact on business. We can now lead and manage virtual teams around the world which can mean that we are ‘on call’ 24/7.
- Employees have higher expectations of their employers. Generations X and Y respect individuals rather than titles and their leaders have to earn their respect.
- The pace of change is so fast that leaders need to be certain of both their personal and corporate vision and purpose in order to make robust decisions.
What is it?
Connected leadership is about being clear of your vision and purpose, leading from the inside out; connecting with others and taking them with you within your business, global and local environments.
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” John F Kennedy
There are three spheres in which leaders connect and each of these spheres is in turn connected.
Sphere One – Self – this is about understanding yourself and how you perform at your best. Leadership starts here and the top performing leaders have a clear vision and purpose. They manage their physical and emotional states well.
Sphere Two – Others – this is typically the area we tend to think that leadership is about. Leadership is about leading people and Connected Leaders do so in a very personal way. They build rapport, are aware of the emotional state of those they are leading and they influence with integrity.
Sphere Three – Environment – the best leaders are able to both adapt to and influence the environment in which they do business. That environment will vary from one leader to another and from one organisation to another. It can be the physical environment that they are working in, their virtual, economic, social and political environments.
Henry Ford and Steve Jobs are examples of leaders who influenced their environment. They both pushed technological boundaries and created a market where a need had not been previously identified.
Examples of connected leaders
When we look back through history we can also see that connected leadership is not a new phenomenon. From what we know, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa were all connected leaders.
We are on the search for examples of other connected leaders, especially those in a corporate environment and would be delighted to hear your thoughts.
How to find out more
Connected Leadership is a collaborative project between Jacqueline Harris of Breath of Fresh Air® and Lisa Brice of Horses for Courses®.
We run in-company bespoke connected leadership development programmes as well as open programmes for individuals. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, & keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be & to do what really matters most.” – Stephen Covey