Effective and inspirational leadership is becoming more and more relevant in a changing workplace.
These impacts affect many aspects of leadership and are very relevant to you as a leader. To be an effective leader you are required to be engaged in a diverse workplace, and inclusion is paramount to success.
Retaining talent is a core issue for all organizations, it has never before been easier to change jobs or move companies, or countries! New generations will not stick around if they are unmotivated, underappreciated, or do not believe in what they are doing. Conversely, they will also be offered bigger and better jobs if they are good at what they do, so how will you convince them to be loyal to your organization?
How are you communicating with teams across the world? They understand things differently and language doesn’t always come across as you expect. e.g. those that do not email, or do not have pleasantries, etc. and sometimes visualization is required to communicate your needs effectively. Some people need team events to feel connected, or reward and recognition. Do you know what your people will need from you to feel included?
The world is diverse and in a global organization it’s time to embrace diversity. Did you know that organizations with women on the managing board are more profitable and perform better on every public trading platform? Do you know the ratio of gay people in your city? Are you cutting out 20-40% of your local talent by not embracing the entire population?
Not only do leaders contend with diverse personalities in the workplace, but they also contend with different generations, all of whom have a particular way of being motivated and have different goals within the organization. You may be a young leader used to working with millennials, but there may be people older than you on the team. Do you understand the different generational motivations? How will you motivate a baby boomer (someone born in the 1950’s ready for retirement) vs. someone born in 2001 (may jump ship at the first sign of rocking)?
AI and Technology
In the future of work there is another consideration, that a lot of roles are being automated and some may even become obsolete. Training someone or motivating them to do mundane or monotonous tasks is a thing of the past, now we need to motivate everyone to understand themselves, their unique strengths and skills, upskill them as necessary, so they will still have a job in the future. Are you upskilling or reskilling your workforce?
The Future of Work topic is an additional module in Weavee, coming in 2020.
*If you are a advanced member: Please refer to the free downloads as tools to understand innovation and the shifts that are taking place. In particular the “seven survival strategies in the age of AI” will be a great tool to understand how to manage teams in the coming penetration of technology and AI.