Leadership in Focus: Dispelling Common Misconceptions
Modern leadership is vastly different from even a generation ago. The advent of the Internet and more so Generative AI ushered in many changes, least of which is information overflow and the concomitant necessity for role specialization and closeness to narrow, complex and fragmented market segments. This requires a change from the “Command and Control, I know the Answer” leader to what I call the “Oracle of Delphi” model, prophesizing on the shared information. The Oracle model requires leaders who can recruit and retain the necessary specialist area leaders, listen to their ideas deeply, and use Socratic techniques to extract information from multiple sources, synthesize it, and decide.
LEADERSHIP IN FOCUS: DISPELLING COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS
I believe that as a CEO, if I’m the one making all the calls across a business, then I have the wrong team. My philosophy is to lead with radical transparency and honesty, empowering my team to make decisions. CEOs should pose as generalists, guiding employees to take ownership of their work. Sure, I can be there to break a tie, but there should be very few of them to start with. To be an effective leader, it’s my role to find the smartest, most capable team members that will work alongside one another to further the success of our business.
CEO, Appriss Retail