What does it mean to be a leader? It's the question I believe every single one of us in a leadership role needs to answer.
Why? Because what it means to be a leader today is very different than it was a generation ago. You know this to be true. The world in which you lead is more dynamic and complex.
But there's more. Since releasing the first edition of this book in 2013, I have continued to see signs that leadership is still in trouble. Consider some of the following examples:
- A founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of a Silicon Valley company is publicly embarrassed when a video leaks of him berating and demeaning an employee in public. Many senior executives and employees leave based on the toxic corporate culture in the organization.
- Millions of people take to the streets to protest bribery and corruption among prominent CEOs and political leaders. It leads to the impeachment of the country's president.
- A former industry-leading innovator in the technology sector loses its market dominance in a matter of months and now struggles to survive.
- The CEO of a retailer is forced to resign after having an inappropriate relationship with a co-worker. The founder and chair of the board of that same company is pushed out after it's revealed that he knew about the relationship and did nothing to inform the board.
- No fewer than 18 executives connected with a major international organization are indicted for their participation in a culture of systematic, cynical, and ...