Leadership: What is different today?






Hello! I am the newest member of the Bersin by Deloitte analyst team and it is a pleasure to make your virtual acquaintance!
My research focus is leadership and succession management and I look forward to lively conversations around these important and interesting topics with you.

A little bit about my background: prior to joining Bersin, I pursued a dual career as leadership researcher and consultant and I worked closely with organizations
in both the USA and Europe (I am Austrian!) to drive methodical and practical business research. I consider leadership as both a social process as well as an
organizational phenomenon and I am excited about our future research endeavors that will help us understand how best to leverage human leadership capital for
individual and collective business outcomes.

The way we think about leadership has changed dramatically in the past few years. Hierarchical structures, centralized decision-making and a “subordinate”
workforce are expiring principles, as markets and business challenges rapidly change and organizations are required to engage a new type of workforce: future employees.
Future employees – who, by the way, may already be working at your organization! –  will have grown up in a fully digitalized, connected and diverse world  in which
new forms of work habits  and values  have emerged. Their requirements for being engaged, motivated and inspired may differ from what most organizations have seen before.
The question for companies has become: How to build leaders who are able to connect with this kind of workforce so that strategies are executed and business
goals can be met?

Participants needed for new leadership research study!

Reading a lot of secondary literature, my current research suggests that one effective response can be to develop a highly responsive, adaptive and flexible type of
leadership, on the organizational and the individual leader level.

In the coming weeks, I am conducting research interview to this effect and I am currently looking to talk to HR and business leaders who want to participate in our research! If you are interested in a 30-minute phone call with me, or know a senior HR or business leader who is, please send me an email: aderler@deloitte.com.

I look forward to hearing from you! 

Andrea Derler

Leadership & Succession Research Leader / Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Andrea leads Bersin’s research execution team and also serves as leadership and succession management research leader for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP. Focused on the continued evolution of Bersin’s research capabilities, her expertise lies in research on business leadership, leadership development and learning, and related talent topics. Her work about leaders’ ideal employee received widespread media attention in Europe and has been published in the journal Leadership & Organization Development. Andrea has a doctoral degree in economics (leadership and organization) from the FernUniversity Hagen (Germany) and a master’s degree in philosophy from the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz (Austria).

One thought on “Leadership: What is different today?

  1. Good afternoon, Dr. Aderle: I read your recent blog regarding what’s different about leadership today; and if still available, would like to accept the invitation for a brief discussion with you on the matter.

    If the opportunity is still available, please respond care of this email address with a convenient date and time.

    In anticipation, thank you.


    Jerome Haynesworth
    Director of Learning Management
    (703) 840-3479 Office
    (703) 300-7802 Cell

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