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Leadership Innovation – A Chinese View

Leadership Innovation – A Chinese View

In a recent blog on “Leadership Innovation – A Chinese View”, Pearl Zhu says that uncertain economic times require a different approach from business leaders. These leaders will need to follow a cross cultural approach, be unconventional and inquisitive. How is it that leaders of an earlier generation were able to get by without these traits and what mindsets will modern leaders require to be effective?

Pearl Zhu, writing a blog on Leadership Innovation says that today’s difficult economy and energy shortages have made the world an uncertain environment. Leaders of the future will have to play a brain game and see their problems from different angles and attempt to solve problems collectively. The final solution to solving difficult problems is to be innovative. The article lists seven mindsets that will prove a game changer.

• The leader has to be seen to be authentic. he must be seen to take a stand, inspire innovation and become a change agent.

• The leader must work to build a professional and a personal brand and demonstrate leadership skills.

• Staying curious is essential because it gives fresh ideas, brings flexibility and drives learning.

• Leadership has to cross physical boundaries. Leaders will need to cross cultural, industrial and functional boundaries and become a bridge to connect differences.

• Thinking must become unconventional because that is where strategic advantage lies. Leaders need to actively cultivate the 4I’s of insight, imagination, innovation and improvement and become multi-cultural.

• Future leaders will standout by asking about the future and not merely looking at today’s answers. Not only should they ask questions about the future but they must also draw others into seeking solutions.

• The leader has to promote fresh thinking and fresh styles. He has to understand that managing diversity is essential to future of leadership.

As against the earlier styles of management which tended to be authoritarian and hierarchical, modern leadership is more open and collaborative and looks to lead through influence rather than dictate.

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The New Asia Innovation Team