Leadership… Has Changed for the Better


Since May 1st, we at Switch and Shift have been honored to feature an amazing group of bloggers in our “New Leadership in the New Economy: Diversity Matters” series. After over 30 posts, there is no doubt:

Leadership has changed, for the better.

We’re more diverse. We listen better. We learn faster. We’re far more social; we embrace communication and engagement. Regardless of age, experience level, gender, race, sexual orientation or religion… We lead.

Along the way:

  • Irene Becker reminded us that “leadership starts with our ability to imagine, inspire, innovate and communicate forward”
  • Jenny Fukumoto taught us to celebrate the Millennial overachiever and leader
  • Josh Allan Dykstra eloquently wrote that “leveraging diversity isn’t really about all the ‘different people’ around you as much as it’s about you—and the way you see those people”
  • Rich Berens pointed out that leadership credibility begins with ownership, authenticity and collaboration
  • Deb Scofield shared that many of her heroes are Millennial leaders, in part because their “focus is on others, not on themselves”

If you haven’t yet had a chance to read the posts that, combined, became an amazing look at new leadership, we encourage you to look at the most-read, most-shared posts from the series:

We want to sincerely thank the contributors to the “New Leadership” series as well as those who read, commented and shared. It has been our pleasure to host such amazing thought leaders and learners!

Please join us June 18th through June 30th for our next blogging series, where we’ll discuss the trend of women leaving leadership positions before making an impact in upper-management.



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Mark Babbitt is a speaker, author and blogger who serves as CEO and Founder of YouTern, a social community for college students, recent graduates and young professionals that Mashable calls a "Top 5 Online Community for Starting Your Career." He is also President of Switch and Shift and CMO and co-founder of ForwardHeroes.org. Mark is the father of five and a grandfather; he and the woman who tolerates him (barely) call Seattle, Washington home.

  • Great summary, Mark! I’d add one tweak, submitted for the approval or rejection of our community: When you say we’re more diverse, listen better, we’re more social, etc. – the “we” in this case are 21st-Century leaders, not the Old Schoolers whom the system is still shaking out, as a dog shakes off its fleas. Some of those fleas won’t go gently into retirement, by any means!

    Switch and Shifters are up for a challenge, looming right now, between the new-era leaders we’ve written about and discussed in this series, and the proponents of command and control, hierarchical leadership that was so effective (if so soul-quenching) in the century just past. The struggle always gets more fierce just before the end. Let’s make sure we’re prepared for backlash.

    …And let’s not forget to enjoy the contest as we face it!

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