Complex situations makes it challenging to become a leader that’s appreciated. People and situations within an organisation set a diverse set of expectations on leadership. I’ve noticed that people who repeatedly provide appreciated and appropriate leadership share some common traits that distinguish them from other leaders.
Besides sharing these traits I also share the most basic and useful framing of what leadership entails, that I’ve come across.
- Here’s an illustration that summaries the traits I’ve noticed so far.
- In-depth article on infoQ that covers this and previous episode in writing.
My thinking and content in this area is influenced by the following sources:
- Klara Palmberg’s doctoral thesis – Beyond Process Management
- Esther Derby on contextual change – 7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change
- Dave Snowden on context awareness and navigating complexity – Cynefin framework
- David Epstein on generalists strengths during complexity – Range
- John Kay & Mervyn King on decisions during uncertainty – Radical uncertainty
- Aaron Dignan on complexity conscious – Brave New Work