Change your game
“When the environment changes dramatically, which it has and will continue to do as the fourth revolution unfolds, actions and thoughts need to adjust similarly. The leadership mind switch portrays a radical change to the way you think about your leadership behaviors and qualities. It is more than a shift to your mindset. It is a jolt to the way you think and act.” Debra Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford chalk out a game plan for becoming an effective future-proof leader.
Could you offer a peek into the premise of the book—the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the demands it places on leadership?
The premise of the book is that a field guide is needed for the savvy leader to navigate the unusual era in which we live. As an executive coach and COO duo, we co-authored The Leadership Mind Switch because we sensed—from leaders we spoke with—fear, excitement, and too-often some resistance to adapting to the fast pace and changing demographics of the workplace. We are entering the fourth industrial revolution which surpasses the third (digital revolution) and brings with it a blurring of the lines between the physical, biological, and digital. It is a time when ability to lead across generations and styles is paramount and digital fluency essential.
Leadership today is about character and communication, not corner offices. Could you elaborate on this observation?
With rising generations of workers and customers alike demanding transparency, there is nowhere to hide as a leader today. No longer can you be a remote and aloof conveyor of orders without context. In most industries,