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At the coalface: Leadership for the next century

Adventurous leadership has never been more accepted, or necessary.

At the coalface: Leadership for the next century

Nowadays successful leadership is about much more than physical presence. It’s about creating conditions for innovative excellence, and adapting to change and ambiguity.

Whilst economic infrastructure is paramount, social infrastructure to drive innovation is equally as important.

The ability to ensure processes and systems reward, rather than discourage, innovation are a leadership necessity, says NGS Global’s managing director for South-East Asia, Marianne Broadbent.

“Leaders set the culture and the context for organisations, for their ability to deal with ambiguity, and their ability to deal with change,” Broadbent says. “Leadership is actually everything.”

“You can get the most simple and clear ideas from those who are at the coalface.”

– Marianne Broadbent, managing partner, South-East Asia, NGS Global

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Marianne Broadbent
Managing partner, South-East Asia,
NGS Global

Leadership is actually everything, in my view.

Leaders set the culture and the context for organisations, the ability to deal with ambiguity, the ability to deal with change, to both model adaptiveness and then to assist others to also be adaptive.

That ability to set up the conditions for innovation, to ensure that our processes and systems really reward innovation rather than discourage it.

I think here there is really quite a need for our leaders to think a little more broadly and really to be willing to be a bit more adventurous.

Real benefits will come from looking at simplicity, looking at ways of providing services that citizens actually tell us that they want, because it’s not necessarily always the leaders that will identify exactly what’s required.

But you can get the most simple and clear ideas often from those who are at the coalface.

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