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Our society faces a sea of challenges. Visionary companies must create solutions to the challenges of ever-changing consumer demand. For example, some employees have a personal goal that conflicts with the company vision, resulting in low motivation in the workplace. Alternatively, but just as difficult, businesses have now embraced the work-from-home model or hybrid environments that challenge the traditional way organizations are managed. The best way for the next generation of leaders to meet the challenges of change, old and new, is to learn how to lead from the future.
The irreplaceable role of leaders
Every leader is driven by traits and personal motivations that are unique to them. You may have an executive at your company who is patient with people, which is a good thing. Or maybe you have a leader who doesn’t put anything above their family, which is equally important.
But leaders are people and face unique challenges. The latest DDI Global Leadership Forecast reports that burnout is affecting leaders at an alarming rate. The study, which examined 15,000 executives and 2,102 professionals, found that 44% of executives feel drained and plan to move to more visionary companies to re-energize.
The DDI report also shows that there is a gap in quality leadership. The future of work is upon us, and most leaders and leaders feel unprepared for the changes. However, in order for visionary companies to successfully manage these changes, they need quality leaders.
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What is needed for the next generation of leaders
The next generation of leaders must be authentic. Such leaders are honest with themselves and equally aware of their unconscious competences and incompetences. To be authentic and credible leaders, they must lead from the heart.
Mindfulness is another aspect that is crucial for the next generation of leaders. This aspect gives you the energy to focus on the only three things in life that can be changed: your thinking, your exercise, and your diet. And diet and exercise depend on your thinking. Mindfulness accounts for 80% of your results. When you have a personal mindset that understands that anything is possible, you can approach change with stronger, intrinsic motivation.
The next generation of leaders must also prioritize actions that drive sustainability. Sustainability requires self-confidence, being aware of your strengths and weaknesses and feeling the power of determination.
After all, the next generation of leaders must lead from the future. This requires developing a personal mission as well as the vision, mission and leadership model for your organization. Forward-looking action is crucial for success. To develop that foresight, the next generation of leaders must cultivate the right mindset among management and team members. This gives meaning to the mission and enables a holistic use of resources for sustainable value creation.
The current challenges require more heart work than hard work. If we want to leave a legacy, we must gain clarity in our leadership style.
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