My question to you as a leader is: Are you motivated by purpose or ambition? In my career as an advisor, I’ve observed that both leaders and organisations naturally tend towards one of the two: purpose or ambition. Successful leaders and organisations ensure a balance by surrounding themselves with diverse perspectives (countervailing power), including people with different natural inclinations. Leaders must navigate significant trends such as globalisation, digitisation, and the growing need for meaning and purpose, trends currently driving changes in the world. This demands CEO’s and leaders to respond effectively and steer their organisations. Consequently, leadership has become an even more strategic theme. Drawing on my experience with clients worldwide, I’d like to share four lessons on successful leadership with you:
1. The countervailing power for the balance between ambition and purpose
Let me start by posing two questions:
- Why does your organisation exist?
- And where do you want to take your organisation?