June 27, 2013 by Bruce Jones, Programming Director, Disney Institute
Photo Credit: Flickr User rockmixer
Vision and empathy have long been two characteristics dominating the
leadership conversation, but today’s shifting leadership landscape is
inviting previously unconsidered leadership characteristics
into the fold.
A Seley Distinguished Professor of Management at MIT, Deborah Ancona
speaks to new research that suggests two less predictable
characteristics of the most effective leaders: sense-making and
Deborah notes that sense making has not been included
in any leadership model that she has seen, yet it kind of makes sense.
“When the world is moving so quickly and in so many ways that we cannot
predict, that a key thing a leader can do is sense make – that is, make
sense of the context in which an organization or a team is operating,”
The second characteristic is inventing which, like innovating, requires an organization to
create new products, services, or processes that fundamentally
change the way we think or act — to push the organization ahead. A leader
with the capacity for inventing or innovating recognizes these opportunities in the environment and inspires people to push them
forward until the become a reality.Have you seen these newly identified characteristics affecting the leadership landscape? Tell us how in the comments below!
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Tagged Deborah Ancona, Collaborative Culture, Team Building, Communication Skills, Cross-Functional Collaboration