What makes a great leader?

July 16, 2014

Nominated for a LWD posting by Dr Dina Williams

In her TED talk, [Oct, 2013] Roselinde Torres of BCG describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

Her three questions are essentially:

Where are you looking to identify change?

How are you managing diversity?

Are you courageous enough to abandon what made you successful?

Rosalinde’s studies show there is a ‘leadership gap’ regardless of efforts to bridge it through leadership development programmes. The video makes an excellent introduction to discussion of 21st century leadership and why it requires different behaviours from those associated with the omniscient leader heroes of the past.