• The New Economy Spawns New Views of Leadership


  • At a Packed WCA Business Intel Breakfast, Attendees Discover That Collaboration, Transparency, and Vision Are Key

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower once quipped: “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Leadership was the topic of the day when the WCA hosted a dynamic power breakfast last week as part of its Business Intel Series to help managers at all levels learn how to leverage collaboration, team building, and communication—the new tools of today’s business leaders—to drive success...

    David Severance, Advanced Development Services

    Held on March 10th at Whitby Castle in Rye, the workshop was led by David Severance, president & CEO, Advanced Development Services, and a certified executive coach and organizational development expert. Severance used his highly valued expertise in “Emotional Intelligence” to illuminate the essential attributes of leadership and how the right team building skills can boost productivity.

    The new definition of leadership is being driven by two key factors: the rise of the Millenials and heightened globalization. Millennials, the largest workforce group today, favor collaboration, opting for group huddle spaces and offices designed to welcome gathering. Increased globalization has led to greater diversity, often throwing people with different backgrounds, values, and points of view together. Both factors have made workplace communication and collaboration essential.

    Jeanette Gisbert, Volunteer New York!; 
    Dale Hisiger, People's United Bank

    What are the crucial qualities for leaders today? According to Severance, a true leader brings exceptional ideas to the table, promotes intellectual openness, is considered a creator among his/her employees, leads increasingly diverse teams, relinquishes power to be collaborative, and manages by influence rather than by authority.

    Severance encouraged participants to consider their leadership style and how transparency, making connections, and building trust are more valuable characteristics than simply exerting authority. Office politics that drain productivity are often rooted in mistrust, according to Severance, and he encourages American workers to follow the lead of Japanese business where everything is open to discussion.

    Participants came away with tools and tactics to inspire true commitment in others, and appreciated the distinction between managing and leading. As Severance points out, whether you’re a CEO or just starting your career, being an effective and influential leader means supporting your team, setting the right example, and communicating a clear vision. Vision matters!

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