The leadership skills of the future should be built on what was needed in the past years – the ‘human’ side of leadership, including compassion, empathy humility, and vulnerability.
In our global research, interviews with CEOs, c-suite and business by the team of c-suite executive coaches and organizational development consultants from the Centre for Executive Education (CEE) in collaboration with the Disruptive Leadership Institute (DLI) have uncovered exemplary leaders who have been able to manage effectively the various crises impacting their organizations. They have demonstrated the competencies, behaviors and traits of a “C.R.I.S.I.S.” leader result in the development of the “C.R.I.S.I.S.” Leadership Model (See Figure 2 below).
Leaders can no longer shy away from leading in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environment as our latest research has revealed and will be published in the upcoming book “Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance” (Business Expert Press, 2023).
They need to demonstrate the “Disruptive Leadership Competencies” suite of competencies including ‘cognitive readiness’, disruptive mental agility, and emotional resilience as well as be comfortable with uncertainty, have the self-awareness and self-confidence to make speedy but thoughtful decisions in ambiguity, and communicate consistently, clearly and openly, even when there is nothing to communicate. (See Figure 1)