Leadership trends

The Fourth Industrial Revolution demanded that CEOs take responsibility for the massive transformation of their businesses and for the astonishing impact that this transformation will have on the wider society and all the stakeholders. Success requires CEOs to develop the right leadership capabilities, workforce skills, and corporate cultures to support digital transformation and become agile to face the many uncertainties. A revolution in skills and a transformation of organizations is highly needed to sustain one’s presence in the marketplace.

According to blessingwhite.com, those who take into account individual values and personal differences while creating an environment of shared responsibility create a place where individuals enjoy work more and become more productive. Hence, the leadership trends that support transformation in the market and the economy are the following:

  • Coach and be ready to be coached: employees rely on the support of their companies to take on business challenges. Empowering employees makes them more innovative and intrapreneurial in addition to increasing their sense of belonging to the company. Empowerment should be preceded by delegation of authority.

Coaching should be purposeful and focused to enhance productivity. Being ready to be coached is rooted in the concept of being a lifelong learner to keep pace with the new trends of one’s profession. Leaders who seek and are open to feedback will be better positioned to gain the commitment and enthusiasm of the employees they lead.

  • Realize it is a millennial and Generation Z world: millennials make up 50% of the workforce. According to the data obtained from the LinkedIn survey, the number one reason millennials change jobs is to advance their career, followed by compensation and the desire for more challenging work and roles that are a better fit for their skills and interests. Research shows that millennials want to be challenged and are willing to work hard. They are positive, creative, optimistic and forward-looking. At the same time, they come with some pretty strong ideas about work/life balance, company values, and career expectations.

They are also a generation for whom a remote work environment and wearable technology are the norm. Leaders have to adopt a collaborative mindset to get the commitment of millennials and Generation Z cohorts. This generation is personally driven to seek education and professional development to increase employment opportunities in a world economy hit by many crises.

  • Create and leverage on a diverse work environment: Inclusive leadership must become part of the DNA of an organization. This kind of leadership surpasses tolerance and acceptance of others’ differences; it is about creating an inclusive workplace where employees representing all dimensions of diversity can thrive. Catalyst’s research identifies four core skills of inclusive leaders known as “EACH Mindset”.

EACH stands for:

a. Empowerment

b. Accountability

c. Courage

d. Humility Organizations like Catalyst have been able to demonstrate that there is an increased return on equity for businesses with more women and minorities in their executive levels. In addition, the research also shows that the more included employees feel, the more innovative and productive they are.

  • Vertical development, ownership development, and collective development: Vertical development refers to the advancement in a person’s thinking capacities. The outcome of vertical stage development is the ability to think in more complex, systemic, strategic, and interdependent ways. This comes in contrary to horizontal development, which is the development of new skills, abilities, and behaviors.

Horizontal development is most useful when a problem is clearly defined and there are known techniques for solving it. Due to the uncertainties controlling the business environment, vertical development has gained more momentum.

Ownership development: People develop fastest when they feel responsible for their progress and are involved in decision making and planning regardless of their position in the hierarchical structure of the company.

Collective Leadership: According to Simmons & Weinrich “[g]aining everyone’s participation is essential to a team’s success. Without an individual’s participation, the unique skills, talents, experience, and knowledge he/she brings to the team will be wasted.”

Ownership development: People develop fastest when they feel responsible for their progress and are involved in decision making and planning regardless of their position in the hierarchical structure of the company.

Collective Leadership: According to Simmons & Weinrich “[g]aining everyone’s participation is essential to a team’s success. Without an individual’s participation, the unique skills, talents, experience, and knowledge he/she brings to the team will be wasted.”

Factors Contributing to Better Collective Leadership

  • Open flows of information
  • More flexible and flatter hierarchies
  • Distributed resources
  • Distributed decision-making
  • Less centralization and control

Distributed leadership:

Distributed leadership can be considered to include shared, democratic, dispersed, and other related forms of leadership. It is a leadership style where leaders can emerge and exercise the power of knowledge wherever they are in the organizational chart. There are three premises of distributed leadership:

  1. Leadership is an emergent property of a group or network of interacting individuals
  2. There is an openness to the boundaries of leadership
  3. Varieties of expertise are distributed across the different levels of the organizational chart. Leaders might emerge based on the need of their expertise and how such expertise might be of impact

With the change in the pace of work, the impact of ever-changing technology, shifting demographics, increased environmental ambiguity, complexity, and uncertainty, being a leader is more challenging than ever before. Good leaders understand these trends and equip themselves with the skills required to embrace them. Effective leaders are characterized by being visionaries, a trait that leads to seizing opportunities and developing products and services to satisfy needs and wants not attended to by competitors. Leaders contribute to the competitive advantage sought by their corporations.

The environment and context of leadership have changed, becoming more multifaceted, unstable, and unpredictable. Because of these changing trends, a leader’s skills are more demanding in the sense of having more complex, adaptive thinking abilities and being vertically developed. With the new form of economy and the advent of information technology, more individuals now have the chance to show and exercise their leadership abilities to reach higher positions in the organizational chart or start their entrepreneurial ventures.

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  1. The fundamentals of being willing and prepared to inspire others are captured by leadership. A leader encourages others to act while directing the way they act at the same time. They need to be personable enough for others to obey their orders, and in order to know the best way to use the tools, they need to have logical thinking skills. Leadership requires a range of skills in demand, such as strong communication skills, along with visible expression and communication etiquette. It also includes becoming an involved listener, and possessing profound and sincere empathy.
    Thanks for sharing, it is a very informative article, I enjoyed reading it.

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  2. I enjoyed reading this informative article, It handles on significant issues in Leadership. Leaders need to develop to change the association. In a business perspective, this can mean coordinating specialists and associates with a deliberate methodology to address the organization’s issues. Being a successful leader isn’t easy, it needs hard work and steps to follow such as, you have to be able to reach your goals and deliver on results, you have to feel the fear and take the risk anyway. Successful leaders are visionaries who have learned to overcome any fear of taking chances. You have to know how to inspire others while finding your own motivation and you have to be confidant and trusting yourself for the goal you want to reach mainly. A leader must have skills such as good communication skills, speech to talk to and listen to people with a suitable character and behavior. In addition to the leadership trends that are mentioned very helpful for development of any organization that supports transformation to a market and an economy. I loved this article, Great effort Dr. Hasan, thanks for sharing.

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  3. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way,” John Maxwell. The concept of a leader and his role are always evolving to accommodate the needs of the changing environment. Leadership involves the anticipation of the needs of the subordinates and in making their future, where a leader should pave the way for them to accomplish the company’s goals. A leader’s role entails the ability to understand the habits and behavioral patterns of his employees from different generations; thus, adapting his leadership style to their needs. It is an informative article that helps capture the basis of leadership.

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  4. Several leadership trends ensure creating a workplace atmosphere that prompts individuals to enjoy their work and build a sense of shared responsibility. This article discusses those trends. It explores how empowering employees help with enhancing productivity especially when the leaders themselves are open to feedback. Moreover, it sheds light on how leaders should assume a collaborative mindset in order to get the millennials and the Generation Z workers committed to their jobs; especially since they are the ones driven to achieve more when it comes to both their education and employment. This article also tackles how a diverse work environment would lead to the thriving of all employees in the workplace because the more the workers feel like they belong, the more productive they will be. In addition, it explores the importance of vertical development (the development in one’s thinking capacities), ownership development (relates to accountability and decision making), and collective leadership (involves gaining participation from everyone to ensure the success of the team). Finally, this article also discusses how distributed leadership is crucial in an organization because it shares more expertise and knowledge among the workers. In conclusion, good leaders prepare themselves to implement these leadership trends in the workplace to achieve a competitive advantage.

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  5. As I am from the millennial, if I have to choose between a company that has the bigger salary and has dis-comfortable environment and other company that has a comfortable environment but less salary , I will choose the comfortable environment and less salary because the company that has the bigger salary and dis-comfortable environment don’t have the coach who is ready to let you have more experience in your work and also to love your work because will let you be more powerful not just in work but also in your life, also I want to be coached on the hands that have more experience to be successful in my career life , and also my mental health, if you are not comfortable in your work , you will get tired from everything , you should to choose the best for our self , the company that has best management , who love their employees to be more trained ,more happy , and also to have more experience because if the manager that has leadership skills and also who is always updates on the new leadership trends , will let their employees from all the generation to be the key of his/her successful of his/her company.

    Thank you , DR Hasan for sharing this blog with us

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  6. Leadership, an essential component of effective management, is a critical management function that aids in maximizing productivity and achieving organizational objectives. Today’s organizations do not have the luxury of being stable since marketplaces, clients, and technology are continuously changing. Organizations must accept, incorporate, and execute adjustments in the business model in response to shifting technologies, client preferences, and concerns. Thus, to assist digital transformation and become flexible enough to deal with the many uncertainties and in order to be successful, chief executives must develop the necessary leadership and workforce skills
    To be effective, the company must utilize its entire team’s ideas, talents, resources, and enthusiasm and create a comprehensive workplace and atmosphere where each and every employee can develop and succeed. Every employee’s participation is necessary for the success of the whole team which explains the importance of adopting collective leadership. Empowering employees also aids in improving productivity. In addition, in order to gain the commitment of millennials and Generation Z, leaders must implement a collaborative mindset. With leadership, the organization’s culture is created, not imposed, and communication becomes effective. Employees feel that they are an integral part of the company and they do what it takes to maintain its sustainability.

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  7. eadership is a process by which an executive can direct, guide and influence the behavior and work of others towards accomplishment of specific goals in a given situation. Thus, the leader should always be updated to the changes in the environment around him. Moreover, leaders should have the ability to take chances in their organization no matter what they fear and beside great communication skills for they are seen as the person who they can follow, offer them guidance and motivate them. However, it is very important for a leader to understand that the millennials and generation Z can’t get committed to their jobs and they are required to adapt collaborative mindset to help them stay in the job. All in all, leadership is not as easy as it may seem, it is a set of skills, abilities and hard work. Furthermore, leadership is important in effective management and the trends mentioned in this article are crucial to guide new leaders and beneficial since they can be used to improve and reach higher position in their work place.

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  8. Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal. In a business setting, this can mean directing workers and colleagues with a strategy to meet the company’s needs.
    As mentioned in this article: People develop fastest when they feel responsible for their progress and are involved in decision making and planning regardless of their position in the hierarchical structure of the company. But what if the opposite is happening in a specific company? in other words what will happen if the employee feels not responsible and not involved in the planning, then this company should replan its goals not to get failed. Always companies whether it is educational or industrial … should has a flexible plan and clear goals in addition to support employees with training courses to update them with newer technology and skills.

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  9. Leadership comes in many different shapes and forms, with countless definitions in theory. However, while I do believe many leaders are naturally born into leadership, I do think leadership is a trait that can be acquired overtime. One may think that all leaders are managers, but one must understand that management and leadership are not synonymous. Managers are great for keeping your people in check, but leaders influence your people by giving them a sense of belonging through, as the article points out, delegation of authority, diversity and inclusion, and most importantly, taking on a role of a soccer team’s coach (leader), and running alongside your team (employees) rather than just watching and waiting for them to score. As John Maxwell once said, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less”. Be that influence.

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  10. This is an enjoyable, interesting and informative article, it deals with the most significant issues in leadership. Leaders definitely are required to be empowering, innovative, creative and focused to enhance productivity and enthusiasm of the employers they lead and to stimulate their logical thinking. This is expected to heighten the productivity of the employees and to be more passionate in their work, and it will positively affects the organization as a whole.
    Leaders therefore must implement these essential values that are necessary for the successful development for any organization, and by doing this the employees will be more effective and feel that they are an integral part of company. in conclusion, A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way ‘John C. Maxwell’
    that is whenever there is a goal there is a way to succeed.

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  11. I could not agree more with the article, over the past two decades life has taught us that change is inevitable and the secret to survival is adaptability and resilience. Indeed, businesses or employees who work in a fast pace industry or environment and yet refuse to change usually get left behind. Ideally, it is important that companies adapt a philosophy to build a strong adaptable work force by professionally developing leaders among leaders in a multi-culturally diverse work environment that share both accountability and responsibility among other things. At some point millennials would retire or move on to something different or new, and if the work force left behind were not mentored and professionally developed as part of a succession plan or framework within the organization then the company is probably destined for disaster. Influential and Iconoclastic business thinker Gary Hamel said “You can’t build an adaptable organization without adaptable people – and individuals change only when they have to or want to”.

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