Modern leadership, aka digital age leadership, is an evolution of who we are, that requires a shift in how we think about business and work. That’s modern mindset shift.
We all know the old thinking that got us here, won’t get us where we need to be, and yet, the single biggest frustration for many transformation ambitions is the lack of evidence pointing to leadership shift in thinking. When we fail to shift and evolve our thinking, identity and mindset we can only rely on the past to try to solve our future pain. The result is just doing the same things a bit faster or smarter. We all know this is no longer good enough.
The world we live in continues to change. As we moved from the industrial age to the digital age, our business and communication needs to change also.
It is crucial that as leaders we are able to challenge our beliefs and our more traditional development experiences to enter into the practice of modern leadership.
What is modern leadership? Whether you are a corporate leader, entrepreneur or change agent, being seen as a modern leader means three things:
- You are seen as someone who can tangibly bring humanity back into business and work,
- You know how to leverage digital and data for the good of people, customers, community, and planet.
- You are recognised as someone who champions ethical and sustainable practices, challenging the status quo to protect our future.
To achieve this, a modern leader focusses on positioning themselves in two ways:
- As a role model
- As a participant
A modern leader involved in digital transformation more specifically evidences maturity across 7 mindsets taken from The Dilyn WayTM Framework. They are:
- Digital Native: Using technology to create better outcomes and more meaningful experiences. Digital is a mindset not a switch
- Connected-Networked Mindset: The connection between people & people, people & technology, people & things.
- Adaptive-Beginners Mindset: Change ready. Knowing the difference between change and transformation. Think big, start small, learn fast.
- Open-Authentic Mindset: Openness is about sharing. Collaborating. Being Authentic. Having an inward focused lens.
- DataMindfulness: Being empowered and enabled to make decisions based on meaningful data.
- Future Focus-Prepared Mindset: Keeping an eye on what’s ahead. An outward & focus.
- Audience-Human Centered Mindset: It is the focus on all our audiences that allows us to be truly customer centric.