Today more than ever we need leaders who can help transform our firms – so they become more agile, more innovative, more digitally savvy, and more customer-centric. The coronavirus pandemic has sped up change, but a bedrock of outdated mindsets and cultures remains in many organizations. Using vivid examples and current business case studies, Herminia Ibarra identifies five leadership skills that are vital for enduring and sustained change:
- Cross-cutting: developing networks that extend out to a broad and diverse ecosystem
- Collaborating: fostering psychological safety in teamwork
- Coaching: having critical conversations that increase learning
- Culture-shaping: “taking a wrecking ball” to iconic practices that are no longer fit for purpose
- Connecting: growing in one’s capacity for empathy and authentic leadership
Renowned for her research and innovative insights into leadership and career management, Herminia Ibarra turned the “think first, then act” mantra on its head: to be able to think like a leader, you first have to act like one; leaders are formed by their by learning experiences, not from introspection. Knowledge, she says, is the result of doing and experimenting, and the most effective way to change is through action, not analysis. For Ibarra, career change is not a one-time event, but a psychological process of transition. More recently, Ibarra has been investigating the impact of cognitive technologies in established organizations.
We are excited to partner up with Executive Networks to bring an exclusive collection of new resources for navigating change through the Back2Better webinar series, which includes 50 Webinars in 50 Weeks. The series officially kicks off in September and focuses on real-time actionable insights from the world’s top business leaders, academics, and HR thought leaders that help organizations adapt and evolve to the new future of work. A catalyst for deeper exploration of the world of work, Back2Better is a platform for community knowledge-sharing that will help prepare forward-thinking organizations and their leaders to evolve and grow in the months to come. Through informative webinars delivered over the course of 50 weeks, this program covers timely topics selected moment to moment through a process informed by Executive Network member surveys, research from the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard, and insights from an esteemed advisory board. This is your opportunity to explore how you can adapt to the future of HR post-COVID with leading business professionals from Harvard, NYU, Amazon, and other top institutions and organizations.