Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Future - Leadership

I wrote earlier that the number 1 thing Google looks for when hiring someone is their ability to learn. The number 2 quality they look for is Leadership. Google is not looking for people who have held traditional positions of leadership like the president of a club or the leader of a sports team. Google is looking for what Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations calls emergent leadership. Now emergent leadership seems to be more situational leadership and not positional leadership. In other words, if the situation calls for it, will you step up and take charge? Will you step up and take responsibility even when you do not have the title or "rank"? Bock also explains that emergent leadership also includes letting others lead. As he states "Because what’s critical to be an effective leader in this environment is you have to be willing to relinquish power".

What do you think?