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Are all leaders today up to the challenge of technology?

We have made great strides in technology over the last years, but are we ready? Does the virtual century require anthropocentric leadership?

What leadership traits are the most useful in the current pace?

Our MD, Patrycja Maksymowicz, has invited Geoff Hudson-Searle, a seasoned executive, NED and a published author, as part of the Startup Grind fireside chat series for a conversation to explore the challenges tech leaders face, from ensuring security and prioritising digital protection to building resilience and trust.

In the interview Geoff also discussed strategy, scaling tech companies, and his own experience as an international management professional ranked by Agilience as a Top 250 Harvard Business School authority covering strategy and management consulting.

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5 Jan 2022                               

Author: Patrycja Maksymowicz

The McKinsey Global Survey confirms that the more transformational actions a company undertakes, the better its chances of success. However, success still remains the exception rather than the rule.

The world and technology are changing very quickly. Nevertheless, when you consider leadership, it appears to be more constant and as if it has not evolved much or as dramatically. And, it is leadership that is detrimental to success.

As such, we aimed to examine the traits of leadership applicable to the virtual century and the challenges leaders encounter today.

What are these attributes and what is the secret sauce for a resilient organisation that aims to scale up fast?

Few of the many points made deserve particular attention.

Humans must be placed at the centre of leadership and for that, a certain amount of emotional intelligence is needed.

Anthropocentric leaders focus on people to succeed. They care as much about their customers as they do about their teams (if not more). They understand well that their employees are their brand ambassadors. They encourage cross-functional collaboration within the organisation and establish and strengthen strategic partnerships within ecosystems.

In simple terms, great innovation involves people working together.

There is no doubt, technology and globalisation will continue to transform the way we think, feel, communicate, work, and behave. Whenever the focus on tech grows, we should consider the why, its function, and its impact on people. When the environment is toxic, technology alone cannot bring any benefit and an only solution is a human-centric approach.

Nonetheless, when we look around, we still see a lot of transactional leadership.

Are all leaders today up to the challenge of technology?

Leadership forces you to stay true to yourself and to recognize when you are at your best and when you are at your worst; the important thing is to stay focused and keep moving forward.

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Watch the full interview 'Tech Leaders' challenges and leadership traits in the digital age. Fireside chat with Geoff Hudson-Searle' here.

Read and find out more on Geoff's blog 'Freedom After the Sharks'

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