Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Richard Branson – all strong leaders who seemed to be born to the role, intuitively knowing how to guide and get the best out of people, but what about the rest of us?
One of the most written about topics in business literature, if you Google leadership then you are delivered 450 million results. You would think with all this knowledge at our disposal we would be developing highly effective leaders. Yet leadership development consistently appears in our annual HR Reflections survey as one of the biggest challenges facing HR professionals. Our Global Perspectives research has shown that currently only 56% of employees have confidence in their leaders, and 51% trust them to act in their best interest.
Over the decades, leadership styles have typically been driven by the culture of the time and the values and attitudes of the generation dominating the top organisational tier. Of course, these periods have all experienced their own environments and disruptors, and we now see many generations, each with their own perception of work life, working alongside each other. Not only this, today we see a culture driven by technology and the freedom and the work-any-time mentality that can bring – today’s workforce is more diverse and widely dispersed than ever, bringing the challenge for leaders to navigate cultural and geographical lines.
As we enter a new era of leadership, born through aggressive global and technological change, what are we looking for in our leaders? Through investigating the influences and disruptors changing the face of business and examining how this impacts leadership, we’ve identified what we believe are future leaders’ fundamental characteristics.
Our research shows that the competencies we look for in a leader are the ability to be authentic, inspiring, connected and agile.
In this whitepaper we look back at leadership styles throughout the ages, from traditionalists to baby boomers, generation X to millennials, and look to the future with generation Z. We share the journey we have been on to develop our point of view, showing how the trends and theories of the past are not cutting it in today’s fast paced world. We also show the impact that leadership has on employee engagement, and give advice on how to measure and shape leadership in your business.
Ultimately we explain how to future-proof your strategy and achieve your goals today and in the future, through using new approaches to leadership. Follow this link to find out more…