Leadership trends will continue to evolve over the next several years. In order to make the most out of your resources and team, you need to understand how to adapt to these changes in 2019 and beyond. Here is what you should be on the lookout for and apply to your own style:
Leading doesn’t mean that you are always over the shoulder of your team. At the end of the day, it means that you can lead your team to accomplish the objectives that you have determined. For some leaders, they find it better to create systems that serve as directives instead of being there as a bottleneck. Using an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure), you can define tasks on a step-by-step basis so any employee can follow the directions and get their jobs done.
Just in Time
Some leaders are obsessed with looking into the future. While you must keep one eye on what is to come, you also want to stay here in the moment. This lets you bring your full energy to leading people through current challenges just in time rather than preparing too much for things that could happen just in case.
If you don’t leverage online communication, then your ability to lead your team will suffer. You can’t always be there with your team or group. Sometimes, you need to hop on a quick call or send some documents back and forth. Become comfortable with this technology sooner rather than later.
Investment in Team Learning
In the past, leadership only looked at the balance sheet. Investments in employee learning were seen as expenses. Today, leaders are trending toward investing in their team via workshops, seminars, books and more all paid for by the business.
Looking at your employees as pure profit vehicles to be exploited does more harm than good. A more conscious, empathetic leadership trend is happening today. Now, leaders understand that balance and compassion must come first.
When it comes to leadership, the trends in the future will change the way people react to you. Long gone are the days before the internet. In today’s world, information, tactics, and realities change so quickly that you need to apply the valuable lessons of the concepts above to position yourself for success.