Leading in the future
The future of leadership?
“Future leaders will need to be both more open to new ideas and aware of their own limitations. Creating the best culture to cope with disruption requires that leaders be the students of change and invite their teams to be curious with them.”
As a new generation of leaders enter the workplace or take on leadership responsibility, there is a lot to consider about the environment we find ourselves in and the people we will be leading.
“Generation Alpha will be joining the workforce, and they will expect purpose beyond salary.”
“They will need to be engaged differently and they won’t understand the hierarchical approach to leadership as they will be used to their voices being heard in a different way through social media.”
Whilst historically and perceptually leadership has been considered to be heirarchical and directive, through my conversations with leaders and business psychologists there is a move towards more collaborative, community based leadership.
Leaders of the future will be more adept at creating communities of practice – pulling people together, facilitating opinion sharing and building environments where the group is more powerful than the individual. This may require a greater sense of “leaving the ego at the door” as we redefine the “hollywood” image of the leader as an overly dominant dictator figure to someone who embraces the “softer skills” (which is not a term I particularly like – there is nothing “soft” about developing skills that pull people together) of rapport building, trust development, coaching and facilitation.
“Leadership rank is given to enable you to better serve the needs of those above and below you. It is not given to enable you to feed your ego.” Gen. Bruce C. Clarke