The Future of Leadership 

Have you ever questioned what makes a good leader? Or wondered if it’s something you’re cut out for? 

Katherine Boiciuc thinks leadership sits in the eye of the beholder. Meaning it’s not something that exists on its own, rather it is created by observers. 

In this challenging conversation, Katherine discusses how the future of leadership is shifting, what will drive businesses forward, and outlines the skills leaders must develop to be effective in the years to come. 

Who is Katherine Boiciuc? 

Katherine Boiciuc, also known as KB is an Associate Director at Maximus International, an innovative business consultancy, where she mentors industry giants. 

She is a global leader with extensive experience in the technology and telco industries.  KB has held senior and influential roles focused on global impact and world technology enablement. She is also a popular public speaker and is passionate about diversity, inclusion and the future of work. KB has always been attracted to the tools that help people connect. She grew up with parents that travelled extensively and says her family relied on technology to stay together.

KB remembers waiting for AOL dial up to chat with her parents and thinks that this experience is what propelled her career, which started at Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications provider. 

KB’s time at Telstra charged her enthusiasm for futurism and 21st century leadership. She believes that “multi year planning and the linear nature of decision making is gone”.

When Mike met KB

Mike Hill sat down with this discussion with the leadership guru during the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it intermission between Melbourne’s first and second 2020 lockdowns. 

In this episode, Mike and KB chat about the ways businesses are pivoting in response to COVID-19, decision fatigue and the three ingredients of courage. It’s a real whirlwind and we hope it helps you to navigate this strange world we’re all adapting to.

The future of leadership. Where do we even start? 

There is little doubt that 2020 was a year of great change, uncertainty and confusion. Multiple and overlapping emergencies were felt by the world over and still continue to rage. 

But what constitutes good leadership in times of crisis? On the global stage, some leaders have responded with a sense of urgency. empathy and compassion, which has dictated their nation’s mood. Others have downplayed the threats and seen catastrophic outcomes. 

Of course, the importance of leadership extends to many avenues of our daily life, not just the political arena. Managers and supervisors from various industries have had to find new and creative ways to operate and lead their teams. 

KB says that due to the pandemic, many traditional leaders have actually found themselves “leading at the very edge of their competence”. 

In fact, she thinks we are all tiring of the conventional ways of doing things. 

Which leaders will rise to the top? 

KB believes that right now, leaders are at a crossroads. They have two choices: the first is to do nothing; the second is to innovate. 

At the peak of the pandemic, several businesses were forced to shut their doors or direct their skills elsewhere. The smart ones pivoted fast. Alcohol companies produced hand sanitiser. Restaurants sold essential groceries. An outdoor event group built and sold work-from-home furniture.

KB says that the leaders that are prepared to be curious and open minded will create the most opportunity for themselves and the organisations they represent. But not everyone will succeed. Actually, many will fail, but the outcomes are probably a little subjective.

20th century leadership vs 21st century leadership 

According to KB, 20th century leadership was all about ‘rigid hierarchy, power, control”, whereas 21st century leadership is fluid. Leaders of the future want to anchor themselves and their people to a purpose. They think with clarity and with abundance. They look forward with promise. 

In shot: they recognise that changes must be made for their business to survive and even thrive in a COVID-normal world. 

If anything, the pandemic has taught us that we cannot perfectly predict what will happen tomorrow.  But good leaders will give their teams space to connect and opportunity to reflect on this uncertainty. They will acknowledge the struggles, find a way to simplify them and take time to figure out the next best action for all. 

Most importantly, they will design a future with everyone in mind. 

Where do we go from here?

KB confirms that the leader of the future must be inspiring, purpose driven, curious and courageous. She calls leadership a creative pursuit, saying that the best leaders paint their thoughts into the zeitgeist. 

Because by looking at how others have successfully shifted, KB says we can successfully shift, too

So after you’ve watched the episode, pick up the paintbrush and get to work! 

Stay motivated and enjoy The Future of Leadership with Katherine Boiciuc.

In this episode Mike asks:

01:25 Leadership, where are we gonna start?
02:32 The pandemic’s really created this huge social reset, and I’m interested in the opportunities that’s affording to leaders in terms of accelerating some of their plans that might’ve been in a far horizon to now?
04:37 So things that have a real urgency around them like dealing with police brutality or climate change, do you think that they’re gonna be net beneficiaries from this big reset or do you think it’s actually gonna set those causes back?
05:55 What other key principles are in play around leadership today in this climate?
07:11 Is it an overstatement to say there are really no safe choices, no conservative choices that can be made in the current climate so you may as well try things and take some risks?
08:49 I’m interested in talking to you about how you got interested in futurism and what led you on that journey? Could you tell us a bit about the background, about how you got into this area?
11:51 How much time should they be spending on projecting forward into the future, in your opinion, and what kind of horizons should they be looking to? Is it three months, 12 months, five years, 10 years?
14:45 Authentic, vulnerable communication is not what is often taught to leaders in terms of how they present themselves and mitigate risk through the way that they’re speaking in public. So has that changed for you as well?
17:35 In terms of recovering from economies around the world that are now sliding into recession, what do you think the most productive approach to that challenge is now in terms of tackling pace of change, pivoting and really evolving and taking those steps into the future?
20:49 Is there anything that you’re seeing out there in the arts that gives you some inspiration about what the future of leadership might look like?
23:00 When you think about your own personal vision of the future and what leadership looks like on some horizon that you set, what are you shooting for? What do you hope for?

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And if you want to hear more from KB, she discusses the future of humanity with Zoltan Istvan here. 

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