Lisen Stromberg: What Modern Leaders and Cultures Need to Succeed in the 21st Century

Leadership has changed in the last few years, and it can be disorienting for leaders who’ve subscribed to and succeeded with the old narratives about good leadership. Companies and their leaders need to reframe their cultures to meet the new world of work in the 21st century. It’s more than just being nice or being a “cool” boss or giving everyone free lunch. It requires deep and honest self-assessment and a growth mindset to shore up those necessary skills. My guest today, Lisen Stromberg, tells us what skills are required for modern leaders to be successful and how cultures can transform for maximum success.

We discuss where existing leadership and culture paradigms came from and how they have changed, what skills modern leaders require for success, outlined in Prismwork’s HEARTI model, and Lisen also shares her research project on men and male leaders in the workplace that they are doing in partnership with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.  Men and male-identifying leaders, you’re invited to take the survey linked in the show notes to share your experience.

Key Takeaways:

The army originally established the tenants of leadership back in the 1940s. That is not what is still needed in the modern business world. Influence has changed, leadership has changed, and it will continue to evolve as well. A failure of leadership that we see all the time is when a leader comes in, they do a great job creating a culture, leave, and then that just all falls away.Many leaders may not have the language, but are already doing the right things to promote equity and allyship in their company, even if they don’t know that they are doing so.Culture is a competitive advantage that is hard to replicate.

“Culture is the competitive advantage. If you don’t know how your culture is operating, and don’t have a North Star of where you want to go, you’re not going to win. You’re going to lose in the war for talent, profits, investors…in the war for all.” —  Lisen Stromberg

About Lisen Stromberg, CEO and Co-founder, Prismwork

Lisen Stromberg is CEO and Co-Founder of PrismWork, a culture transformation and leadership development consultancy. She is a highly sought-after speaker and thought leader on the future of work. Her book, Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career, covers how highly achieving women have navigated the work/life integration issue by crafting nonlinear careers.

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References Mentioned

Men and male-identifying knowledge workers, any level: Please take Prismwork’s and W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s research survey on men in the workplace. Your input is invaluable to the research:

Primswork’s HEARTI Quotient inclusive leadership assessment for the 21st Century: HEARTI stands for Humility, EMPATHY, Accountability, Resiliency, Transparency, and Inclusivity. It is built on assessments with hundreds of leaders across numerous industries as well as extensive research on modern leadership competencies.

Re:Work, Understand Team Effectiveness. Info on Google’s Project Aristotle.

What is Psychological Safety? Google’s checklist to ensure psychological safety

Josh Lev: The Top Global Expert for Modern Dads at Work

Rebecca Friese The Empathy Edge interview: How to Build a Good Culture

Josh Levine The Empathy Edge interview: Building an Empathetic Culture

Susan Hunt Stevens, The Empathy Edge interview: The ROI of Psychological Safety

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