Leadership is constant movement and optimization in terms of action, interaction, processes, behavior and renewal.

Dynamics is our term for the innate qualities of that significant movement. 21st century leaders need to grasp the very dynamics that govern effective interaction, collaboration and communication. These continuously determine e.g. leaders’ positive energy levels for essential forward movement. And how effective exchanges of managers are with customers/clients, (matrix) bosses, team members, peers and even with the media. All of this also impacts the productivity level of an entire organization.

The Dynamics of Individual Leaders

Amid the great intensity of today’s corporate life – both intriguing and at times taxing – leaders clearly require high levels of positive drive. The overall vitality in their actions, communication and interactions strongly affect business results and the momentum of contributions in their environment. Increasing one’s genuine know-how of HOW to reach higher energy levels and how to spread and healthily sustain them during ever new challenges – is a prized asset for 21st century leaders.

There are 5 basic forces in a leader’s personal dynamics: mentalemotional and physical energy – they in turn determine his or her relationship dynamics (relational energy).
All 4 need to be based on winning authenticity. In detail:

  • 3 basic pillars of personal energy determine an executive’s overall drive and vitality over time: mental vigorpositive emotionality, and physical stamina. How well they interface is decisive.
  • Authenticity: how well-linked these pillars are with a leader’s authenticity is key.
  • Affecting others: Leaders need to realize how their drive and resulting style affects important others. And then know how to modify or refine that effect. In other words it’s about how executives can improve their relational vitality.

 

Here’s a Lauda newspaper article on selected leadership skills: “Five Leadership Qualities Requiring Attention” (PDF).

Interaction Dynamics in Top Teams

Top executives visibly walking a largely unified path has a powerful impact on the overall motivation and productivity of an organization. Being able to create such a co-spirit in top teams cannot be limited to formal gatherings but has to also dominate the dynamic interface between its leaders during the more informal, daily collaboration among its members.

Organizations tend to hire top executives with enormous talent and proven performance records. Yet at the end of the day it is the chemistry among board members that decides how capably all of their skills and assets come together in order to generate valuable results. The outcome of this chemistry will ultimately influence not only leadership teams but also vast areas of the entire organization and their basic motivation levels and productivity. Needless to say this has great implications for the company’s overall performance, at least in the mid-term.

Therefore, it is crucial that positively synchronized dynamics can establish themselves at the top levels of an organization and can have a strong and productive cascading effect. Without any doubt, a competitive 21st century organization and its leadership team has to find ways to:

  • Optimally bring together and merge the various talents of individual executives with those of others.
  • Generate highly productive synergetic thinking and interaction between its leaders every week of the year.
  • And a debate culture that can utilize and thrive on a variety of smart, valid viewpoints.