Most important leader skills, that an effective analytical leader embodies three fundamental qualities:
Awareness, Given the ever-increasing amount of data and information, analytical leaders need to be aware of their environment and recognize potential critical path processes – it means the Organizational network analysis (ONA) – they comapnies hold. In this regard, analytical leaders are cognizant of potential inattentional blindness that occurs when one does not see or perceive an unexpected stimulus that is otherwise readily apparent.
The analytical leaders understand the importance of a strong processes foundation.
Influence, Influence is at the core of leadership, and is especially needed for an analytical leader. Given the number and the Z – it means “common language” – of options available due to the increased variety of information, leaders must be able to effectively guide others to achieve desired goals and outcomes.
Information sharing and collaboration
Organizational network analysis
Think big, start small, scale fast
What does the message imply:
– Think big: Identify the long term transformative trends that will impact you. These could include significant industry change, business model disruption, the emergence of new competitors, product or service transformation; anything. Essentially, you need to get a good grounding in the “big changes” that will impact your future over a five or ten year period
– Start small: from those trends, identify where you might weaknesses in skills, products, structure, capabilities, or depth of team. Pick a number of small, experiential orientated projects to begin to fill in your weak points, and learn about what it is you don’t know. This will give you better depth of insight into what you need to do in order to deal with the transformative trends identified above
It sounds simple, but its’ extraordinarily complex.
– Scale fast: From those small scale projects, determine which areas need to be tackled first in terms of moving forward more aggressively with the future. Develop the ability to take your ‘prototyping’ of skills enhancement from the small scale projects into full fledged operations