What do we still need leaders for? A conversation with leaders. A project.

it sounds like a pure provocation but it´s not. It´s the subject of a project I am working on. Listen here why I take this question seriously: vimeo.com/268244921 

All kinds of organizations are currently going through major transformations, and most of them question deeply the way they organize themselves in order to surf or survive the unstoppable wave of digital change and artificial intelligence. 

Self-organization working models like Teal or Holacracy to name a few are getting more and more popular. They focus almost exclusively on collective intelligence and question fundamentally the need for formal leadership. But is it true that organizations, especially big organizations, could function without formal leaders? Honestly, I don´t know, and I don't have enough data to have a well informed theoretical discussion about this subject. Furthermore, there are probably as many researchers and consultants bringing arguments and evidence for one direction than for the other. 

The focus of my approach today is different. It´s not about another discussion about leadership with non-leaders but a conversation WITH leaders. And here is the project I would like to share with you: I will start a series of conversations with top international leaders about their role today and in the future and will publish those interviews in a podcast format starting in September 2018.

I will talk to top leaders, old and young, from different organizations and different countries, with all kinds of responsibilities, personalities and interests and ask them personally what they think and feel about leadership based on their experience. I would like to give them the chance to answer those questions themselves and also to reflect on their leadership journey and their vision for the future of their role.  

I am a lover of personal, authentic and inspiring conversations and have already the commitment of a few top international leaders for these interviews -I am sure there will be more to come! They have accepted to have their voice broadcasted and I am not only very proud of it. I also very much look forward to hearing what they want to share with us.

There are so many questions I would love to ask my guests but I would also like to give you the chance to participate in this project. A question to you: What would you want to ask those Leaders if you had the chance to have this conversation with them?  You can send me your questions and topics of interest and I will do my best to integrate your thoughts into the interviews that will start in May.

So stay tuned! I will get back to you in September with the link to my new podcast so you will have the chance to listen to the first interview. 

I look forward to reading your comments!

Warmest regards

Drissia Schroeder-Hohenwarth