The times, they are a-changing.

The notion of ideal leadership and what influences organizational excellence are two of those things.

Driving this change is a paradigm of interconnection, the notion that “everything is connected”. This is a fundamentally different idea from “everything is hierarchical” and that decisions, influences and actions cascade down from the most influential to the least. We now understand ourselves to live in a world where seemingly insignificant things can wield major impacts. A dramatic example is found in revelations of how the brainchild of an obscure young Canadian campaigner has influenced democracy and the course of Western politics.

In such a world, the notion of leadership needs to be re-calibrated. A leader is an influencer, attuned to the nuance of context. An admirable leader is self aware and prioritizes ethical action.

Read here about three emergent models of leadership.

Organizational excellence is increasingly recognized as a function of workplace culture. Employees are increasingly seen as needing to be engaged in order to enhance that culture. What employees most want are three things; a good relationship with their boss, supportive team members and a valued-aligned workplace. That doesn’t require mega bucks – it does require an ethical foundation and leadership alignment.

Read here about the most important thing for workplace engagement that most employers are still missing.