On Monday night I delivered my latest talk; ‘The Future of Leadership’. Big thanks to the great people at General Assembly (👋 Lora). I must admit it was a challenge to tackle such a big and broad topic but it really made me reflect on what does leadership look like for us in the near future.
I spend most of my time with businesses that exist because of technology. This means they are constantly learning, adapting and changing at a pace that is impossible for any one person to keep up with. It made me think about my first job at an established 'corporate’ company. At the time, a decade ago, there were people still doing roles they had done for 20+ years, using the same approaches, frameworks, and tools.
Technological advances have made it impossible for that to exist anymore. If a role is that routine then it has been, or will be, replaced by technology. The likelihood of anything staying the same for 20+ years in this day and age is surely an exception to the rule.
I reflected on how this change in pace to how we work affects how we approach leadership in the workplace. As a manager, I’ve often been caught between two generations, one who grew up in hierarchy (my managers) and process and the other who expects fluidity, flexibility, and agility (my team). I shared this is an oversimplified and crude graph to reflect the impact of that 🤓