The Future of Leadership
We must evolve our leadership ability in our organizations. We have let the messiness of humanity get in the way of relating to employees as people. Take a look at HR policies that too often include a too long a list of don’ts that reject modern day realities. And let’s not forget that we’ve designed hierarchies that defy that natural ways in which people interact.
Such statements isn’t to say the constructs of leadership today should be disregarded. That, in fact, would be incredibly egregious of us.
Our past should inform our present abilities and thinking. It, however, should not anchor us to stale leadership and management practices that don’t mirror the way we interact to create value for customers, shareholders and even employees.
We believe these times are exciting and dynamic. The context that influences leadership has put into play significant changes not seen before:
- Lightening speed availability of information through social technology and the Internet
- Economies that play greater roles on the global stage. Think China, Brazil, India, for example.
- Generational transitions in the workplace that bring Boomers, Gen Y and Gen X together at the same time and all have different viewpoints on the meaning of work and the relationship with an employer.
With so many factors converging on businesses an intriguing question is: what does leadership need to look like in the 21st century?
We decided to devote a month to this topic. We’ve invited many authors and bloggers to explore this topic. Through March a great many thinkers and doers will shed light on what they believe is needed for leadership to guide people and businesses through these dynamic times.
We’d like you to join the conversation. Read the great many thoughts. Together let’s explore and learn about the future of leadership. Here are the great minds contributing to our series. We’ll continue to add names throughout the series. So be sure to come back often to see who we added. Of course we also want you to read the great thought leadership on the topic, too.
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