The one sentence summary
The old leadership rules no longer work so a new type is required based on a flexible understanding of change.
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- The skills needed to be a 21st century leader are very different from that of the previous century. Leadership needs to become more of a focus than leaders themselves.
- There is an overload of distracting information, and an impatience for short-term results from interested parties. We have become more frightened, angry, distracted, bored, intolerant, impatient, cynical, opinionated, and informed (but not always helpfully).
- Comfortable but outdated models of macroeconomics no longer hold true, so leaders need to reorient to situational fluency – an ability to understand and move between spheres and areas of expertise. This means ignoring out of date facts and spotting change when it’s coming – fast.
- This new cross-connectivity requires a shift in thinking to consider 8 areas of paradoxical change that are simultaneously both bad and good. These are ‘quantum super-positions’, and are plotted on a Kythera, a model that looks similar to a clock face and which was designed by the Greeks.
- The 8 contradictions or axes are:
- Information v. inundation
- Internationalism v. insularity
- Immediacy v. impatience
- Intelligence v. insurgency
- Infrastructure v. isolation
- Innovation v. intimidation
- Inclusivity v. inequality
- Inspiration v. inversion
- Leadership needs to learn the lessons of the past, study the present, prepare for the future, and commit to the leadership spirit.
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT
- Creative thinkers always come with one simple conceit. They genuinely believe there is such a thing as a brand-new idea – there isn’t. There’s just the history they don’t know yet. All ideas have been done before, but the context is often fresh.
- Patience is not one virtue but three: waiting without complaint involves self-control, humility and generosity.
- The more exclamation marks an online comment has, the more mentally unbalanced the writer.
- Too many leaders are overconfident whilst being under-skilled or incompetent.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO WATCH
- Not much, but there is a lot of detail to wade through.