The serious study of business practices emerged in an era seeking stability. Following the turmoil of the Second World War, leading thinkers sought to understand the fixed reality to which they thought their world was returning. A society of nuclear families, local shops and the nine to five job for life.
The reality, even then, was very different. The world was, and still is, more nuanced and changing. The very fact that a new discipline was being founded should have told them that.
Of course, the pace of change has accelerated since that post-war period. Global markets, a volatile workforce and the demands of the information age make the ground beneath our feet increasingly unstable, and the need for flexibility all the more compelling.
It is not enough for leaders to seek out single fixed solutions. They have to build an environment in which solutions can be found, to set the conditions for their employees to succeed rather than trying to enforce a fixed approach to success.
How can a leader flourish in this ever-changing world? How can you not merely survive this challenging environment, but be empowered by it?
This book sets out six key behaviors that leaders need to embrace to succeed.