The Leadership Skills You Need to Break Down Silos
By Loren Gary
A colleague and I were recently bemoaning what is sometimes referred to as the stovepipe phenomenon in our respective institutions, in which each functional unit functions as a silo, cut off from any substantive alignment and collaboration with the other units in the organization.
The conversation reminded me of 2004 Harvard Business Review article that has stayed with me: “How to Grow Great Leaders by Doug Ready, founder and president of the International Consortium for Executive Development Research and professor of the practice of leadership at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. In that article Ready identifies two very distinct skill sets: ground-level execution and networking, but also the ability to frame and communicate broad, sweeping issues. The difference between the two sets of skills is analogous to the difference.