The conversation about leaders and leadership is a dynamic one. As new global challenges arise, the business landscape continually shifts, and the tools available become more advanced, innovative leaders and different types of leadership models are necessary. The MLC blog series functions as a discussion platform for the MIT community to comment on shifting trends.
Today’s top executives are expected to be everything and do everything right. From dreaming up realistic solutions to impractically complex, shifting challenges, to having the charisma and presence to rally stakeholders around a vision for the future, leaders have an impossible task. And the pressure to be perfect can be as stressful as the job […]
The purpose-driven enterprise was one of the most popular CEO panels at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year and last, and seems to be the corporate equivalent of the search for the Holy Grail. Indeed, instilling a sense of purpose in our organizations is critical – especially in the still-lingering aftermath of […]
Eleanor Roosevelt was nicknamed “The First Lady of the World” thanks to her long-standing tenure in the White House fighting for human rights. Yet her legacy could have been much different if she succumbed to the tragedies of her childhood: a mother who died when she was just eight and a father, confined to a […]
The deeper leaders entrench in the boardroom, the further they drift from the frontlines. The result is cyclical (and often cynical): leaders not only become ignorant about what’s taking place across silos, but communication can also become “one-way,” with employees discouraged from asking questions or raising legitimate concerns. Put simply, the higher leaders rise in […]
Kodak. Sears. Borders. The mere mention of any of these companies brings to mind the struggle to stay relevant amid today’s technology and boundless alternatives. But behind each of them lies a deeper story of at least one leader who is or was “sheltered” from the reality of their business. This dangerous “white space” […]