The ground rules and external influences shaping great leaders today have changed. Command and control have been replaced by transparency and empowerment. “Today, authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership,” shared Rose Velez-Smith, Pitney Bowes vice president of integrated talent management, during the latest #PowerofPrecision chat. “The new generation of leaders are far more open and collaborative.”
But what makes an extraordinary leader truly transformative remains up for debate, based on the recent impassioned discussion during which Velez-Smith shared her insights. Comprising the panel for the global tweet chat that drew near record attendance from around the world, Velez-Smith was joined by special guests Angela Maiers, Choose2Matter founder, and Fields, Jackson, Jr, founder of Racing Toward Diversity Magazine, and returning chat host noted business advisor Brian Moran.
Several leaders from organizations large and small, and professionals from Australia and India, participating in the chat in pre-dawn hours, as well as from Germany, Italy, UK, and the US, were vocal contributors as well, providing a rich, global perspective.
A3: Leadership is about more than skill; its context, character, clarity, calmness, and community (its combo) #powerofprecisionAngela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers)
There was some consensus, summed up by panel guest Jackson tweeting, “The best #leaders start by being great listeners,” sharing a quote from Bill Imada, serial entrepreneur.
It would seem it is the many new challenges of leaders today that define their success and determine whether they are transformational. “Exceptional leaders,” tweeted Velez-Smith, “need to be more in sync with global issues, embrace diversity, and lead with empathy and compassion. To that, Maiers added, “Transformative leaders are those who actively listen, watch, honor, and develop skills and traits needed to lead others.
Here is a summary of the chat. Our next #PowerofPrecision chat is Ecommerce Best Practices: Holiday Edition.