Fusing hearts and minds: A new leadership model




john saneiContributed by John Sanei, a futures strategist who transmits smart, effective strategies to business owners and inventors to help build the spirit and precision they need to forge the future they require. Sanei is Africa’s firstly Singularity University faculty member who dished as a panelist during EO’s future of leadership event with moderator Winnie Hart.

In the past 12 months, payment strokes, disintegrating economies and general crisis paralysis left open numerous chairwomen walking aimlessly through the smoking debris of their businesses.

So, has leader as we know it had a breakdown? No.

In fact, I think it’s a breakthrough.

Tragic, yes, but it’s also handed chairwomen across the world an opportunity to rebuild.

The ways of yesteryear won’t hack it, though. Because this unknown future still has to unfold. The future, like architectural plans for a residence, will still advance, adapt and expand.

A 17 th-century Japanese poet and samurai( how is impossible to not relate to a samurai at a time like this !) said, “My barn has burned down , now I encounter the moon.” Over the past 80 to 100 years, we as human beings have been experiencing a saeculum–an evolvement of formations from increment to maturity, entropy and now to destruction.

This bleak loss has altered the work-balance perspective, supplemented responsibilities and too constituted a big question: How to drive units, reinvent business models and create content and safe workplaces and spaces while still responding to the digital curve the virus has thrust upon us.

Understanding this seasonal framework wants there’s an onus on chairmen to be aware of culminates. Transitioning through this, we register the phase of “the strange”. Without a sense of period, path or outcome, this is either a twilight vacant or a blank canvas. It’s time to redefine purposes, but with a more humane and self-conscious approaching.




Today, fog challenges that pose significant economic and health risks be emphasised that supervisors must respond immediately to unforeseen dangers. This requires a brand-new type of leader, defenseless hitherto brave, atypical yet pragmatic, driven by market patrols hitherto conscious of its footprint.

Vulnerability is the new superpower. Instead of blamed, defensiveness and scandalize, brave new commanders choose to share their concerns and openly seek help by requesting themselves these questions 😛 TAGEND

Do I have a support system of people who can hinder me ground? Do I have an exec manager, mentor or confidant? What feedback have I received about not sauntering the talk? Time I expect privileges? Do I invite others into the spotlight? Do I isolate myself in the decision-making process, and do my decisions wonder what I rightfully value? Do I admit to becoming missteps? Do I tell myself there are different rules for “people like me”?

These self-reflections forge genuine alliances. There’s an acceptance that we don’t have all the solutions, cementing trust and transparency. And that engenders allegiance. So, my suggestion is that you consider make the following points 😛 TAGEND

Embrace change with devotion and excitement. This is a state-of-mind change. There will not be clear answers to things anymore. Chairmen will have to evaluate gambles on the go and juggle between different decisions. Create. Tap into unique knacks, operates and contributions. Overcommunicate. Our virtual world-wide may be tech-driven, but the skill of impactful and straightforward communication still counts. It’s critical to drive crews and destinations, but reaching the heart and remembering to listen is the most powerful communication ever fabricated. Be there for your team. Empathy and feeling ability are the brand-new game-changers for the workplace: Every tone and opinion matters in our brand-new world.

These are large-scale discussions, and I don’t think anybody has all the answers. I show trying to divide yourself up into “today” and “tomorrow” squads. Make sure you have people focused on putting the fuel out today while others are drawing up the future residence plans.

If you’re in a position of leadership, or you own a business, or you’re in a control persona: Realize that if you’re asking your parties( or even yourself) to douse the kindles while simultaneously doing the rebuilding–you’re not doing anyone any favours.

This new reality leadership is about adding and accepting cost to every role–big or small. It maximizes the human spirit’s creativity, aptitude and positivity that can outplay digital creation in the workplace and beyond.

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