Top Leadership Trends in 2018

Top Leadership Trends in 2018

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In the age of fourth Industrial revolution, where there are a whole new range of technologies that have changed the way we work and think, leadership & management styles and approaches are being challenged everyday. Leaders who don’t keep up or fail to adapt these changes will gradually be left out. The ones who invest their time and effort in keeping up the the changing tides are the ones who will prevail. We bring you top Leadership Trends for 2018 that will help you make right decisions to design your leadership development agenda and programs for next year.

Leadership Agility

Flexibility is going to become an important factor to succeed as the rapid changes occurring in the business world and the changing leadership landscape calls for leaders to be able to quickly adapt and be more responsive to the changes occurring around them. This is going to be an significant factor in helping leaders anticipate future needs and lead change management effectively

Improved understanding of social-dynamics 

Even as IBM recalled its remote workers, their numbers continue to rise. This has lead to a change in the work environment dynamics. For leaders it means finding newer ways to engage with their teams, build relationships, trust and communicating clear goals and objectives. Leaders will have to focus more on developing skills around understanding social dynamics better to lead their remote and a diverse workforce efficiently.

Working on Human-Machine collaboration

In a machine -driven work environment leaders will have to carefully plan towards striking a balance of human element at the workplace. What part of business and tasks  should be automated and why, are some of the questions to be dealt with carefully, as there is an underlying worry about potential redundancies due to automation. Leaders will have to designing the upskilling of the workforce now. The most important consideration being- post automation, what higher-value work skills will the organization require of the workforce and how well are they prepared to work in collaboration with the machines as colleagues,in the future.

Building a business-case first, for AI implementation

AI is no longer an option for organizations. Leaders  today have either started implementing or are firming up their plan for AI implementation.But not all of them are getting it right as often they are rushing in to AI implementation without a proper business-case for it. To drive the desired results and gain business value, first a clear identification of problem area is required which should be followed with the specific solution. Otherwise it might create additional problems for the leaders and organizations to solve for.

Ability to thrive in chaotic conditions

With self -life of products and services becoming shorter, technology and processes becoming outworn almost  overnight , business landscape is no longer remains a familiar place . In the traditional set -up leaders were expected to improve upon the current processes and services to contribute to the profit of the organization. Today it is about being an innovative leader who can think and lead her/his team beyond profit & loss. In a fast -changing environment like this leaders who have or work toward developing a high emotional -intelligence  will thrive the chaos. Leaders will have to learn to respond and not react, to the changes that comes their way.

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