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Leadership in a Digital World

 Talk by Betty in Wired Women 2014

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Leadership in a Digital World

Talk by Betty in Wired Women 2014

Betty Kumahor delivered a keynote speech at the 2014 Wired Women conference where she discussed the evolution of leadership from a hierarchy to a more collaborative arrangement. She quoted Julian Hall who says leaders will create leaders — a statement of affirmation that tomorrow’s work members will be leaders in their own right who do not only wait for directives.

Adopted Qualities for Leadership

She said that this can be achieved if leaders adopted certain qualities typically associated with women. These feminine traits include empathy, selflessness, healthy communication, loyalty, etc. Compared to masculine traits like aggression, independence, and resilience, feminine qualities foster a collaborative workplace with a sense of community. 

Betty believes that combining these feminine attributes with a flexible digital system can help people to manage themselves and the workload of their organizations. 

Getting Things Done- GTD

She proposed David Allen’s self-management system that allows leadership to categorize tasks into several priority levels. This system classifies tasks as actionable and non-actionable. Actionable tasks can be done, delegated, or deferred. She recommended that leaders handle urgent tasks immediately and delegate others to empower team members. 

She also stressed that leaders must know which tasks must be acted upon promptly and those to be deferred. Leaders could delete or file tasks for future reference if it is not actionable. 

This system will allow leaders to flow through the day and create a work-life balance by freeing up valuable time. They can explore the beauties of the world, live a healthy life, enjoy the warmth of family, and still make enough money to lead a comfortable lifestyle.

Holacracy

She also elaborated on one of the new organization models called Holacracy. Holacracy allows for more integration and synchronization between the layers of the organization as opposed to the conventional hierarchical system which is pyramidal,  Although the hierarchical model has a clear and formal structure, the leaders who occupy the top of the pyramid are far too distant from the rest of the team. 

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Talk by Betty in Wired Women 2014

Betty Kumahor delivered a keynote speech at the 2014 Wired Women conference where she discussed the evolution of leadership from a hierarchy to a more collaborative arrangement. She quoted Julian Hall who says leaders will create leaders — a statement of affirmation that tomorrow’s work members will be leaders in their own right who do not only wait for directives.

She said that this can be achieved if leaders adopted certain qualities typically associated with women. These feminine traits include empathy, selflessness, healthy communication, loyalty, etc. Compared to masculine traits like aggression, independence, and resilience, feminine qualities foster a collaborative workplace with a sense of community.  Betty believes that combining these feminine attributes with a flexible digital system can help people to manage themselves and the workload of their organizations. 

Betty believes that combining these feminine attributes with a flexible digital system can help people to manage themselves and the workload of their organizations. 

She proposed David Allen’s self-management system that allows leaders to categorise tasks into several priority levels. This system classifies tasks as actionable and non-actionable. Actionable tasks can be done, delegated, or deferred. She recommended that leaders handle urgent tasks immediately and delegate others to empower team members. 

She also stressed that leaders must know which tasks must be acted upon promptly and those to be deferred. Leaders could delete or file tasks for future reference if it is not actionable. 

This system will allow leaders to flow through the day and create a work-life balance by freeing up valuable time. They can explore the beauties of the world, live a healthy life, enjoy the warmth of family, and still make enough money to lead a comfortable lifestyle.

She also elaborated on one of the new organisation models called Holacracy. Holacracy allows for more integration and synchronisation between the layers of the organisation as opposed to the conventional hierarchical system which is pyramidal,  Although the hierarchical model has a clear and formal structure, the leaders who occupy the top of the pyramid are far too distant from the rest of the team. 

As she rounded off her keynote address, Betty emphasized the importance of digital planners, virtual platforms, and other automated tools to enhance the scalability of the organisation. She also talked about the need for a smarter distribution of tasks and emotionally intelligent leadership to enhance performance and improve the workplace atmosphere.

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