By Jacob Morgan
In many ways, leaders a few decades ago lived in a simpler time with simpler tasks. Their employees tended to stay with the company for longer, which meant that leaders spent less time attracting and retaining talent, and the general pace of life and work was slower. Without advanced technology and constant connectivity, workers could clock out at 5 p.m. and be totally done with work – without even having to think about it in many cases – until 8 a.m. the next day.
But times have changed, and today’s leaders live in an increasingly busy and complicated world. With numerous distractions and changes speeding down the pipeline, it can be difficult for leaders to keep their organizations ahead of the curve. This will only get worse for future leaders. The pace of change isn’t slowing down, and disruptions to how we work and interact are changing the face of entire industries.
In order to be prepared for the future, leaders must know what they’re up against. As part of the research for my new book, The Future Leader, I interviewed more than 140 CEOs around the world. One of the questions I asked was open ended about the greatest challenges they think leaders will face over the next decade and beyond. Their answers covered a wide range of perspectives, but there were definitely some commonalities and themes. From their responses and my additional surveys and research, I’ve narrowed it down to the two biggest types of challenges future leaders will face: futurizing and humanizing.
About the Author
Jacob Morgan is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership, employee experience, and the future of work. He is a 4x best-selling author, speaker, and professionally trained futurist. He is also the founder of The Future of Work University, an online education and training platform that helps future proof individuals and organizations by teaching them the skills they need to succeed in the future of work. His new book, The Future Leader, which is based on interviews with over 140 CEOs around the world is coming out Jan 2020, you can learn more or order it at getfutureleaderbook.com