Leaders Need A New Paradigm
Adding to the external dynamics impinging on organizations, a transformation is taking place from the
inside as the next generation of workers, the Millennials, are making their mark and comprising a
majority of the workforce. Digital natives accustomed to nearly constant connectivity and feedback,
they are forcing previous generations to rethink how they will lead teams and organizations.
Mass collaboration, seeking diversity and having an innovation-focus are no longer merely competitive
advantages. They have become a matter of survival for organizations. In this environment, 21st
Century International Skills1 become key factors, preparing and enabling the upcoming generations for
success and organizations for transformation. The through-lines of these skills are: systems thinking,
working creatively together, collaboration across diversity and acting with the larger community in
mind2 . Subsequent generations will (and some have already) adopt a new mindset shifting their focus
from “my needs” to “what the world needs.” In simpler terms shifting from egocentrism to ecocentrism.
Given that, we require a new leadership model that moves beyond the paradigm where everything
starts and stops with the leader only. No one person can know enough or do enough to lead a team
this way. We need to explore ways leaders can engage with their teams for maximum efficacy and lead
at the speed of change.