Leadership Ensembles: Orchestrating the Global Company

Companies can no longer rely on single individuals at the top to handle the complexity and uncertainty of the global environment. Instead, they need “leadership ensembles”—teams that can capitalize on diversity, stay current with developments in different parts of the world while anticipating future trends and their implications, and make smart decisions without sacrificing speed.

Leadership ensembles are groups of executives, each with distinctive expertise and perspectives, who come together in combinations suited to specific situations. Because they share common understandings and a common discipline, they can be reconfigured without significant loss in effectiveness.

The authors of this research report identify three qualities—“disciplined agility,” “foresight” and “synthetic intelligence”—that define leadership ensembles and offer suggestions for strengthening each quality.

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