The Future of Leadership Starts Today
Albert Einstein one said “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”
While we agree that the future seems to be with us quicker than we expect, this is precisely why we like to think about it. We must prepare leaders for the upcoming challenges, because the world of work is undergoing a radical transformation:
- On the one hand, organizations are looking to the workforce to be more nimble, adapting to faster business cycles, shifting demographics, new technology and an expanding, global marketplace. Organizations expect commitment, innovation and solid teamwork.
- On the other hand, employee expectations are also changing: We expect our employer to provide us with more independence and autonomy, along with more personalized support. Today’s talented employees seek out workplaces that embrace diversity, work/life balance, and provide meaning and purpose.
The end result? We have managers in their mid-twenties working from home, video conferencing with team members based in a country the manager has never visited to commercialize technologies that three years ago were still concepts being worked on in a lab.
We also have leaders later in their careers who, having “grown up” with one perspective on leadership and management, are finding that today’s networked and technically savvy workforce is expecting a different game plan and doesn’t simply want to be “managed.”
In this new world of work, how does such a person lead? What is different in both the environment and the needs of the people on the team that mean this young manager needs a different skillset from the traditional one taught today? How does an established manager change his or her style to meet the leadership needs of today’s team members?
We predict that current trends in the role of leaders will continue:
Evolving away from…
… and moving towards
Focusing on efficiency & near terms goals
Planning (time and resources)
Operating within paradigms
Dealing with ambiguity
Developing and sharing a future vision
Focusing on effectiveness and aligning people
Future leaders will adopt an inclusive, collaborative mindset and will focus on developing others. They will be digitally confident, using technology to connect to customers and employees. As virtual global citizens, they will need to anticipate and proactively build the future.
Earlier this month, to coincide with the Elliott Masie conference, BlessingWhite announced a new partnership with Future Workplace, an organization dedicated to re-thinking and re-imagining the workplace and workforce of the future, which counts 50 of the most progressive corporation in the world as members.
Together, BlessingWhite and Future Workplace are co-developing Future Workplace University, which helps develop employees and organizations to thrive in this evolving Future Workplace.
The first set of courses, available today, include:
- The Leader in 2025 – An updated and dynamic review of the current trends affecting leadership in today’s organizations
- Building Your Global Perspective – A learning experience to help leaders expand their cultural perspectives and capitalize on the opportunities presented by the global marketplace
- Building Generational IQ – A development experience focused on how to get the most from a multigenerational workforce
- Influencing Across the Matrix – A course that helps leaders not just navigate, but thrive, in a matrix structure
- Leading in a Virtual Environment – A course presenting methods to overcome the increasingly common challenge of leading those who are geographically remote.
We invite you to explore these programs today, and join us in January for the first webcast with Jeanne Meister during which we will share insights and perspectives on the new world of work.