The model for success is changing.
For most architects and strategists a “do-it-yourself” approach has defined their dominate working style. Their operating model has been to get a small group (often a very small group) of like-minded individuals together to create a future state design, and then sell it to the rest of the organization. This model has met with limited success in the past and will see even less success in the future.
Tomorrow’s business architects, strategists, and changes agents will find success through collaboration and consortium building that creates high levels of synergy and energy. Successful 21st century leaders will be:
Boundaryless thinkers. Boundaryless thinkers think beyond the status quo to develop a broader perspective on today’s problems and solutions. They are open to new ideas and are willing to live with ambiguity and uncertainty until a clear path emerges. Boundaryless thinkers are not do-it-yourselfers, but look beyond themselves for the capabilities and resources they require to succeed.
Network builders. Network builders have a relationship mindset and seek out others who can complement their skills. They have a clear understanding of their own value as well as their limitations. Network builders are skilled at recognizing other’s value and uniqueness. Synergy, collaboration, partnership, and sharing define their preferred working style.
Diplomats. To effectively collaborate with others and create highly synergistic relationships, 21st century leaders must have the ability to manage diverse networks of people often with different skills, goals, and values. To do this, they must have strong relationship management, communication, and negotiation skills.
Interpreters. Twenty-first century leaders must be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of their business and marketplace to convince partners that working together will create more value for everyone than working independently and in many cases competing for the same customers.