Leading Edge #3: Leadership Jazz: finding the right note when there is no plan
Challenges come from situations you cannot rehearse or prepare for. When you have to improvise, what are the guiding principles?
David Pendleton, Professor of Leadership, discusses how we can learn to adapt our leadership for all scenarios, using an approach more common in music.
Listen to what David has to say about:
- Encouraging the adaptive mindset – the roles of curiosity, persistence and team work
- Evolve, experiment, rehearse, improvise – maybe fail
- Changing the way we work
David’s predictions for 2030 are “Dominant in 2030, but happening now, a re-emphasis on ethics and sustainability. Companies will need to take sustainability and societal roles seriously to recruit employees and retain customers. There will be no secrets. Product reviews will include sustainability score.” He later added ”I would not change my predictions for 2030. COVID-19 simply makes me believe my prediction even more.”
“When you have to improvise, there are two guiding principles: one what is our purpose and what are we trying to achieve; secondly what are our values and how do they feed into our priorities.” – David Pendleton
About the host
Thomas Mason is a BBC reporter with a specialist interest in tech, business and politics. Thomas has a background as a project manager and marketing consultant, and also writes leadership and management articles for LinkedIn Influencers.
This recording was made between 28.02.20 and 05.03.20.