By Frauke Schorr, Ph.D., founder and principal, Centered Leadership Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org
The life sciences world has enjoyed many decades of solid success, manifested in a culture of a fairly stable, predictable environment. Unfortunately, pace and predictability in the industry are changing significantly, challenging also the typical work culture. We are looking at leaders within companies to change the communication culture among their teams to become more efficient and agile in decision-making processes, exchanging information, and moving things forward at an increased pace.
This is a challenging endeavor, as leaders often grew within the industry and found comfort with established ways. The most powerful step toward cultural change, however, is for leaders to change their own behaviors.
We conducted an eight-year study based on observation and interviews of successful entrepreneurs and leaders. The study showed specific thinking habits that are indicators for the success of these people. It has been said that “Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” Understanding the success patterns of others helps us to review and start applying the same thinking habits ourselves. The insights from this research, coined as “Centered Leadership” principles, may give leaders in the life sciences sector a new mental and behavioral approach for their organizations:
Adopting thinking patterns of highly successful leaders can help pharmaceutical and biotech leaders to model more efficient ways to deal with an increasingly fast-paced environment for themselves and their teams. Reviewing your own thoughts and beliefs, and adopting proven successful ones as needed, are powerful steps toward change.
Change is inevitable. Leaders cannot just demand it from the organization, they have to embrace it for themselves to truly lead.