At a recent leadership summit we held at Twitter with 100 of our top global leaders, our agenda was to talk about our strategic direction and get aligned as a leadership team. Then, the day before the summit, news leaked of several executive departures. The context of our discussions had shifted. You’ve surely experienced such context shifts as a leader yourself. Over the last 10 years we’ve seen the command-and-control style of leadership give way to a flatter, more collaborative approach. I’m now seeing another shift happening - to more and more discussion of contextual leadership. As Tony Mayo, director of the Leadership Initiative at Harvard Business School, has put it, “Success in the 21st century will require leaders to pay attention to the evolving context” a business is operating in. Contextual leaders facilitate adapting to change by helping their people understand the nature of new challenges and opportunities and how to address them in the moment.
"Why Leadership Development Has to Happen on the Job" is from hbr.org, published on March 16, 2016.