“Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World”

One of my recent reads is the book Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World by Bob Johansen. Johansen presents the “VUCA” world, where leaders are presented with problems which have no obvious solutions, due to Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. The author proposes a “Foresight to Insight to Action Cycle” through positive “VUCA” forces of Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Agility.

The book discusses how to be a more effective change agent in an ever more chaotic world. Johansen proposes new leadership skills for the future and focuses on characteristics of “makers.”

Johansen purports that makers like to get involved in group processes in order to see how ideas develop and unfold, and to understand the context for decision making. Makers engage in processes in order to understand what’s working and to determine opportunities for improvement. To me, a maker is someone who rolls up their sleeves and gets directly involved in identifying and addressing problems. This maker mindset also translates into leaders who connect and engage with others in a spirit and process of continual organizational improvement.

What have you read recently that has added to your leadership toolbox or has implications for developing future leaders?