If you’ve been following me for a while now, you’ll know that I often talk about the social aspect of being human and how it affects the way we work. That’s because I really do think that it’s key to business success, and is becoming increasingly important in a competitive and interconnected world. Quite simply, it’s our ability to collaborate that sets the human species apart, and ever increasingly, it’s the companies that harness this power appropriately that do well in the business arena.
In the very short time since it was released, Pokémon GO has seemingly taken over the world or at least those parts of the world where it has been released (and it’s getting a lot of interest in places that are still waiting). There are many, many things that we can learn from Pokémon GO, there’s already a plethora of articles discussing the role of disruptive technology, augmented reality, and viral successes.
No matter your role or your industry, the chances are you work in teams. Even those individuals that we hold up as mavericks and independent trailblazers have support network around them, people that they work with, people that challenge their ideas, people that act as sounding boards, and people that offer advice. The success of humanity is largely a result of being able to work together and achieve far more than we ever would as individuals.
Business leadership in the 21st Century requires a leader to be many things, at many different times, to many different people. The business world is increasingly dynamic, fast-paced, changing, and diverse.
While there is no universally accepted definition of what leadership is, there are key aspects of leadership that nearly everyone can agree on. One of these is that a true leader will develop the people around them, and encourage them to support one another.