Essential secrets to building a strong relationship with your boss

What is one of the essential secrets to building a strong relationship with your boss? Dr. Linda Hill, Harvard professor and co-founder of Paradox Strategies, explains value creation and game changing in this compelling podcast.

Episode summary: Great leadership requires being both a value creator and a game changer. In this episode of The Parlor Room, host Chris Linnane sits down with HBS Professor Linda Hill to explore what that means through the lens of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine development. They also discuss the paradoxes of management and the three roles leaders must play to innovate and meet customers’ needs in the digital age.

The Parlor Room is an official podcast of Harvard Business School Online.

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What makes a great leader?

Leaders of the future must master 3 key roles to drive impact and innovation: architect, bridger, and catalyst

Writing in Harvard Business Review, Paradox Strategies Founding Partner Linda Hill (with Emily Tedards, Jason Wild, and Karl Weber) describes how great leaders of the future must master 3 key roles – architect, bridger, and catalyst – to drive innovation and impact.

As architects, they build the culture and capabilities for co-creation.

As bridgers, they curate and enable networks of talent inside and outside their organizations to co-create.

And as catalysts, they lead beyond their organizational boundaries to energize and activate co-creation across entire ecosystems.

These ABCs require leaders to stop relying on formal authority as their source of power and shift to a style that enables diverse talent to collaborate, experiment, and learn together — a challenging yet essential personal transformation.