Leadership in the news monthly review Oct 2015

Review of articles on leadership in the major global newspapers for Oct 2015


Since its launch in August 2014, Leadership Issues has checked daily for articles of interest on business leadership featured in 40 leading online international newspapers across all continents. This is not done by feeds but by manually searching the news and posting all stories/links on the Leadership Issues website under ‘latest headlines’ or in the archive section. Recently Leadership Issues has launched a Twitter account where it tweets business leadership headlines.

At the close of each month, the editing team review the monthly stories (averaging about 80 articles) and cluster them into key business leadership themes including: competences, environment/engagement, development/succession, innovation/future, practice/skills and diversity. Each month a leading trend emerges. Here is a summary of the leader topics in 2015 (you can search back in the monthly editorials for a full break-down/assessment):


Four key business leadership themes were widely reported in the global news last month (October 2015):-

1. The skills/practice of leadership (27 articles)
2. Leadership engagement (18 articles)
3. Diversity in the workplace (15 articles)
4. What makes a leader (14 articles)

Themes not included in the leader table were to do with leadership succession/careers, training, innovation/future trends.

This is the third consecutive month that the skills/practice of leadership (tips, lessons, examples on ways leaders can improve) has been the dominant story in the global press. A welcome return to the leader table is diversity in the workplace which was the leading issue in January but has failed to dominate the global headlines in 2015 – this month saw a number of reports/assessments of women in the boardroom and equal pay for women which has created interest among the journalists; moreover, as we head toward the end of the year, features on the millennial generation in the workplace of the future has been steadily increasing. Leadership engagement has consistently appeared on the leader table throughout the year – retention of talent is a key issue and employee engagement through the attitude of leadership and/or creating a more flexible working structure is always widely reported. ‘What makes a leader’ is a popular theme often listing vision, humbleness, honesty, integrity and authenticity as the five key components of leadership.

Every month Leadership Issues highlights articles that stand out from the crowd.

Kriengsak Niratpattanasai’s article Leading through ambiguity by aiming for clarity featured last month in the Bangkok Post. In these uncertain times, Niratpattanasai reminds us that there are choiceful practices we can spark as leaders that can help create clarity and purposefulness. We can increase our personal mastery, formulate a strong vision, communicate more effectively and anticipate trends. Niratpattanasai contends this increases a leader’s personal sphere of influence.

Workplace engagement featured regularly in The Guardian, but Entrepreneur ran a thoughtful article on holacracy (the redistribution of management hierarchy/power to create an autonomous workplace “without a micromanaging boss”). Inspired by Online shoe retailer Zappos’ recent conversion to holacracy, The Bossless Workplace: A New Frontier by Avinoam Nowogrodski, explores some advantages/methodologies of reviewing management structure to create an engaged, accountable and transparent modern democratic workplace.

In a month where some key statistics were released concerning the continued under representation of women in senior positions and the disparity of pay between men and women, Roxanne Hobbs wrote a contentious piece in The Guardian, Why we must stop framing inclusivity as a women’s issue. Hobbs’ polemic is that inclusiveness is a ‘people issue’ not a ‘woman’s issue’ and that there is a need to create an inclusive business case that “frame[s] these workplace cultural shifts as a means of ensuring everyone feels valued and included.” This point of view swims awkwardly against a tide of opinion favouring formal quotas for female representation and pay.

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Leadership Issues editorial  2015