What is 2020 Leadership?

It’s the start of a new decade and our what we need from our leadership is different than in the past. At Be Leadership, we describe this emerging style as social leadership. Social leaders are collaborative, networked professionals, who proactively use both technology and the resulting mindset of connectedness to build an empowered and agile organisation. They form rich connections with their employees and hold two-way conversations with their teams. They inspire others to greatness by listening to the needs of their employees and creating the context needed to help them succeed. Social leaders work effectively across a matrix and break down silos to lead effectively across the organization.

In this social era, new connections are also forming between business and society. As consumers, we expect more responsiveness and a stronger human relationship amidst digital transformation. Employees expect organisations of all forms to act responsibly and with purpose, and engage with broader society in a positive way. This is leading to new collaborations between governments, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Social leaders thrive in this new business climate. They are conversational, connected leaders who have the skills, perspectives and self-awareness needed to drive both business and societal impact.

Throughout this year, we will be exploring the 12 key skills that are needed by social leaders in this new decade. Each month, we’ll focus in on one of the 12 skills and offer tips to help you develop that area. We start our year with a foundational skill, Curiosity. Follow along here, on Instagram at @be_leadership or on LinkedIn!

Day 30 Connection Challenge: Establish a New Habit

In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg describes three steps to forming a new habit: We pick a “Cue” (or reminder), choose a “Reward” for when we are successful with our new behaviour, then execute the “Routine” or in simple terms, we practice the behaviour to get the reward. Think about the 30 challenges we completed this month today and pick one you can make a habit. #socialleadership #connectionchallenge

Day 29 Connection Challenge: Be Interested, Not Interesting

When we listen, we often are trying to think of the next clever question we can ask. Or worse, our minds are wandering on to new topics. Practice active listening today. Focus on really understanding what is being said and try repeating back what you hear. #becurious #bepresent #connectionchallenge

Day 28 Connection Challenge: Check Your Body Language

Nonverbal communication makes a big difference in how people perceive and relate to you. Uncross your arms. If you keep your posture relaxed, inclusive and open, your team will respond by being more positive, aligned and productive. #beinclusive #connectionchallenge

Day 27 Connection Challenge: Take a Deep Breath

Before you head into your next important meeting or conversation, take a deep breath, in through your nose and out through your mouth. In addition to providing other health benefits, it will release the tension in your neck and make you appear less aggressive. #beauthentic #bepresent #connectionchallenge

Day 26 Connection Challenge: Smile More

Smiling lowers our heart rate, reduces stress levels and boosts our endorphins, putting us in a better mood and eliciting smiles from those around us. #begiving #connectionchallenge

Day 25 Connection Challenge: Ask a Naive Question

Toddlers ask their parents an average of 100 questions a day. But by adulthood, we have nearly stopped asking questions altogether. In school and work, we are often rewarded for having the answer, but actually questions not only increase creativity and innovation, they improve relationships. Try it. Ask a naïve question today. #becurious #connectionchallenge

Day 24 Connection Challenge: Make an Introduction

Do you know two people who would benefit from knowing each other? Making introductions can both help those in your network and create value. First ask permission, then take the time to craft an email sharing the unique strengths of each person and explaining why you feel they should meet. #begiving #connectionchallenge

Day 23 Connection Challenge: Ask for Feedback

Asking for feedback may make us feel vulnerable, but it also can increase trust levels in an organization. Opening up also may accelerate our development: When we share the skills we’re focused on building with others, research says we improve more quickly. #betransparent #beauthentic #connectionchallenge

Day 22 Connection Challenge: Stop for Lunch

How often do you eat at your desk or on the run? Or skip lunch altogether? Eating lunch not only stabilizes our blood sugar levels and increases our energy, it can also provide time for socializing with our colleagues. Find someone you haven’t talked to properly in a while and sit down for lunch with them today. #bepresent #beauthentic #connectionchallenge