Numbered or bulleted lists of action items to become a stronger, more effective leader in your current role.

The irony of this digitally connected world of ours is that devices have installed distances between people who work in proximity and shortened distances between people who work remotely. How often have we had neighbors send us emails, WhatsApp messages or text messages, only for an annoying outburst from a third colleague who enters the exchange wondering why people don’t just talk to each other. At the same time, aided by tools such as telepresence and video conferences, colleagues who work remotely no longer perceive the same distance that our predecessors experienced.

I have dealt with colleagues who work remotely for more than 16 years. Based on my own experience, here are a few tips on leading colleagues who work remotely:

What are the core leadership behaviors that help you become a more effective leader? Which engine drives these behaviors? And, what are effective leadership development practices? To answer these questions, we explore a progressive approach to leadership development, where people and organizational development are seen as two sides of the same coin, offering a solid framework for flexible development programs and improved leadership effectiveness.

The Essence of Leadership

Meetings - ah, that bête noire of the corporate world! How many of us fret when called for meetings? Along with email, most executives view meetings as one of the most unproductive aspects of day-to-day life of the corporate world. Based on several years of reading on the topic and empirical experience of figuring out the best way of conducting meetings, here are a few tips to make them productive:

Nothing prepared me for managing people more than parenthood. It surprised me…probably as much as it may surprise you. But if you’re not a parent…it doesn’t matter. The concepts are simple, and they’re easy to use – whether you’re dealing with stubborn co-workers, troublesome staff members or bosses who make despots seem docile.

Career fulfilment is everyone’s responsibility. To fulfill your career, you should periodically align the value that you bring to the table to the value the role (or company) requires you to deliver. That’s easy to say, but hard to do.

In this respect, I will provide you three keys:
1) to qualify the contexts of your future leadership role,
2) to qualify the value the role needs to contribute and
3) to qualify yourself for that leadership role.

1. Which contexts to take into account?

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent.” — Steve Jobs

Great leaders don’t know everything…but they can find those who do.

People ask me for advice – regularly – about a ridiculous number of things. I wonder if they realize they’re asking me because I readily admit that I couldn’t possibly know about so many subjects. That doesn’t stop me from answering, however. I just don’t answer with solutions. Coming up with the solution is their job.

Leadership and team management are two sides of the same coin. A leader cannot lead without managing a team - as simple as that! To my mind, there is no better indicator of leadership than this all-important trait. My own experience of leading large, diverse teams over the years and wide reading on the topic have led me to crystallize my learning into six important principles of managing successful teams.

This article portrays the essence and purpose of leadership: the conscious awareness (essence) required to create value (purpose).

There is no better time to be a CIO than now. If there is one role in the executive suite that will have impact in the next five years it is that of the IT leader.

PWC put out a study which said that the top five concerns of CEO are: Security, Analytics, Mobility, Cloud and IoT (Internet of Things). They are ALL technology related. If this isn’t a huge opportunity for the CIO, then I don’t know what is! 

CIOs have the ability to drive both the top and bottom lines of an organization – we just have to take the opportunity that currently presents itself, get our ideas out, and be effective players in the leadership team. It’s all about adding value and the art of the possible.

This article addresses what CIOs can do about the top line.

BlueSteps chats with Matt Comyns, Global Cyber Security Practice Leader at Russell Reynolds Associates, about the latest trends for technology executives in the CIO, CTO and CISO roles. Download the full white paper, Executive Search & Career Forecast: Evolving Technology and Security Roles.

What trends are you witnessing in the technology function as it relates to executive search?