When it comes to leadership, vision is no longer enough, and in this dynamic world, you may not have it anyway.
In the age of digital transformation, leaders seek guidance to help teams remain confident and creative when they don’t know what’s coming next. Linda A. Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and one of the world’s most respected and sought-after leadership and innovation experts, has taken a deep dive to discover the secret behind leading innovation during transformative change.
Hill’s latest leadership study surveyed over 1,500 executives from over 90 countries to drill down on the six qualities that set digitally mature organizations apart.
“Although there’s been a great deal of work on leadership and a great deal of work on innovation, there hasn’t been as much work looking at the connection between the two,” explains Hill, co-author of the award-winning bestseller “Collective Genius,” which was recently named a top 10 Management Classic for 2022 by Thinkers50. “The skills needed to lead innovation are different from the skills needed to lead change, while digital transformation is less about technology and more about people.”
Hill’s roadmap to success puts emotional intelligence at the core, stating that effective leaders must demonstrate not only where an organization is going, but also why they are going there. In a recent must-listen episode of the Brené Brown Podcast, “Leading With Purpose in the Digital Age,” Hill presents the mindset and behaviors that go beyond vision and followership into a place of purpose.
“When you look at leading innovation, it’s not about individuals having ‘a-ha’ moments; it’s about collaborations amongst people who have very different perspectives,” Hill reveals. “What innovation, or leading innovation, is about is how do you get people to co-create the future with you, not follow you to the future.”
In centering leadership around purpose and co-creation, Hill’s teachings provide a blueprint to increased collaboration, commitment and creativity, bolstering organizations as they move forward in the digital age. Contact us to learn how her research-backed frameworks can be implemented in your organization.
Leadership in the digital age requires building the organizational culture and capabilities required to take advantage of new digital tools and data that drive agility and spark innovation. Stern connects you with renowned thought leaders whose insights, strategies and management frameworks help organizations fuel growth and disruptive innovation to better compete in a constantly changing world. Let us arrange for these esteemed experts to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting sessions, workshops and keynotes.