Summary of Connected Leadership

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Modern leaders interact with their employees, customers and other stakeholders to fuel profit, growth and loyalty and to exercise influential leadership. Often they communicate by connecting through various social media and Internet tools. Drawing from research with leaders worldwide, consultant Simon Hayward explains how to achieve connectivity and exercise the leadership it requires by following a five-part framework: “purpose and direction, authenticity, devolved decision making, collaborative achievement” and “agility.” This organized strategy is designed to help leaders function effectively in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world. getAbstract recommends Hayward’s manual and his concept that “connected leadership” fosters connected organizations.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to institute the “five factors of connected leadership”;
  • What attributes distinguish connected leaders; and
  • How connectivity fuels growth, profits and collaboration.

About the Author

Simon Hayward, who holds a doctorate in Business Administration, is the founder and CEO of Cirrus, a leadership consultancy.   



Difficult Times

Today’s business leaders often borrow a military term to characterize the current business environment: VUCA, that is, volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Rigid management methods will come to grief in such an environment.

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