I began this book with a simple question: What does it mean to be a leader?
As I explained, it's a question I believe every single one of us in a leadership role needs to answer. The reason is that the world in which we lead is more dynamic and complex. Organizations are facing unprecedented disruption, change, and transformation. Our world also faces complex societal problems. This is placing intense pressure and scrutiny on you and others in leadership roles.
What we know is that the models of leadership of a generation ago are insufficient for today's world.
In essence, we need leaders to be stronger than they ever have been. Yet, every day we see signs that suggest this is not the case. Many leaders have become outright disappointing—and at times even disgraceful. This erodes the trust that people have in leaders throughout society and in the business world. It erodes the engagement of employees.
My work and research have revealed that the root of the problem is a leadership accountability gap. We need leaders in every facet of society to step up and be truly accountable. We need leaders who can lead transformational change and make their companies successful and our world a better place.
Truly accountable leadership is the only way to build an organization that can not only survive in our increasingly complicated world, but also succeed and grow. Truly accountable leadership is the only way we can create vibrant countries and a ...