Connected Leadership, the first book from Cirrus CEO Dr Simon Hayward, was published in December 2015. The book has been successful across many countries – so successful that it is now being translated into Chinese and Arabic so it can be published across many more.
The concept of Connected Leadership is central to much of the work Cirrus does with our clients, and over the past two years companies around the world have adopted Connected Leadership as their core framework for leadership identity and development, from the Americas to Asia. Three recent developments take Connected Leadership to new levels of global relevance.
Firstly, a chapter on Connected Leadership in Asia is included in the prestigious Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia, edited by Nuttawuth Muenjohn and Adela McMurray, both professors at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s School of Management. Simon co-wrote this chapter with Cirrus colleagues Barry Freeman and Alison Tickner, based on his original research into Connected Leadership and additional research into leadership practices across key markets in Asia.
Secondly, Connected Leadership is being translated into Chinese, to enable it to be distributed more widely in the Chinese market. And thirdly, we have just heard that it is also going to be translated into Arabic, taking the Connected Leadership message to a vast new territory.
These developments give us great confidence that the new leadership approach suggested by Connected Leadership can travel globally, and that the need for more agile and customer driven ways of working are relevant across so many varied cultures around the world. People are becoming connected more and more through social media and technology. This trend is only going to accelerate with the changes we are beginning to see with artificial intelligence, ubiquitous connectivity through the internet, and mixed reality. Connected Leadership is a framework to help leaders engage their people, create more agile ways of working, and drive innovation across the enterprise. It is relevant and it is easy to use. We are excited about its future.