Ogilvy & Mather CEO’s Take on Future-Ready Leadership

Following the World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos, Ogilvy & Mather's Chairman and CEO, John Seifert, provided me with his take on what future-ready leadership means.

As John shares in the video below, he spent time with other CEOs in Davos discussing the very important question, "How are we going to change our leadership styles going forward?"

The consensus about what future-ready leadership entails might surprise you. According to Seifert, "It's going to be about building a listening culture." A listening culture is one where people seek to understand others' view of the world. Future-ready leaders have a desire to understand and learn from other peoples' worldview. 

According to Seifert, listening cultures require empathy. To lead with empathy requires that you listen and understand others' points of view--especially when their opinions are different than yours! 

John's response to my question was music to my ears. In my forthcoming book, Future-Ready Leadership: Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, I argue that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4iR) will require new forms of collaboration and new relationships between leaders and followers. Empathy and good listening are essential skills for meeting these 4iR leadership demands. 

 Many thanks to John (@jseifert79) for sharing his insights! 

For those interested in Future-Ready Leadership, it will be published by Praeger press later this year. Subscribe to the VIP list below and I'll send you exclusive information and resources about building future-ready leaders and future-ready organizations.

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Chris Groscurth, Ph.D.

Chris Groscurth, Ph.D., is author of Future-Ready Leadership: Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. For the past 20 years he has worked as a researcher and strategic advisor to leaders across healthcare, finance, manufacturing, government and education. In addition to his consulting work, Chris addresses thousands of leaders annually through speaking engagements and workshops. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions with Gallup, the University of Michigan, and Trinity Health. Chris currently leads Stryker's global learning design and development team, shaping the future of leadership in a high-growth medical technology company. Chris received his doctorate in human communication processes from the University of Georgia and has bachelor's and master's degrees in human communication studies from Western Michigan University.

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