The 9 Essential Leadership Strategies in The Age of Information


AgesOnce upon a time, in a land called Industrial Age, the leaders of organizations resided at the top of a hierarchy, managers were in the middle, and workers were supervised.
It was the job of leaders to do the important thinking and the job of managers and supervisors to make sure it was implemented.
Because no one cared what the managers, supervisors and workers thought, many of them parked their brains at the door as they came to work.
Others only used part of their brains, limiting their focus to implementation without regard for the impact on the larger organization.
Eventually the companies became gunked up. They were not healthy places for people. and their long-term results did not reach their potential.
Because their life spans were short compared to the time span of their universe, they had never lived in a different Age, and most of them couldn’t imagine that things could or should be different. They did not see that changes were beginning to transform the fundamentals of their Industrial Age.
Over the years as new technologies emerged, many of the children began to look at their parents and instead of saying, “I want to do what my Dad or Mom does,” said, “No way!”
Having grown up in a world driven by technology and under the influence of the emerging new Age, they saw the potential for interconnection, inter-dependence, and entrepreneurship. A new era for entrepreneurs and startups began.
Unfortunately, some of the new leaders recreated organizations that drained people’s energy. However many of the companies thrived. The leaders of these companies understood the essential leadership strategies required of the emerging new Age – the Information Age.
Each evolution from Stone Age ➤ to Agricultural Age ➤ to Industrial Age has required new leadership strategies.
These are the essential leadership strategies of successful leaders in today’s emerging Information Age.
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  1. Paint a very clear picture of where the organization is going.

Whether you are the leader of the entire organization or the leader of a team, it’s no longer possible to be physically present to manage what happens every moment. If you try to control all the details, you will drown. The ticket out is to ensure everyone is aligned around a shared vision. Then they can use their own brains to figure out the best way to work together to achieve it. The role of leadership shifts to a focus on communicating and modeling the vision.

  1. Provide leadership no matter what your level or role is.

No matter what your official organizational title – supervisor, manager, administrator – if you’re not leading, you’re standing still or going in circles. You must be able to think both strategically and tactically. Leadership must be emergent – allowed and supported to emerge as needed. This is reminiscent of an essential leadership skill of the Stone Age, where the one who saw an opportunity or danger, or the one with the greatest skill in relation to a particular need or opportunity, was the one who responded and organized others to respond.

  1. Connect vision and execution.

It used to be that strategy was the province of the top of the organization, and the bottom was responsible for execution. This disconnects leaders from the realities of the organization and separates vision and execution. Vision and execution are not sequential. Vision requires action to be clarified and refined, and execution requires reflection to be effective. The “mid-space” is the space between vision and execution. Too often it’s a vacuum. “Managing the Mid-Space” describes seven things you need to do to connect vision and execution.

  1. Develop leadership capacity.

One of the most important jobs of leaders is to develop other leaders. This is a business issue. Soft and hard are so inter-related that the distinction is meaningless. You must be responsible not only for business results but also for developing future leaders. Therefore, what’s important is not only delivering results but also how you accomplish them.

  1. Value and utilize diversity.

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