A convergence of positive trends is changing leadership expectations, and today I want to explore how those trends are changing the leadership relationship.
There is no effective leadership based on position power and control in the workplace anymore. Employees have choices. They seek meaningful work that is more than “just a job.” Leaders who miss this shift will wonder why they can’t keep good people.
“The whole notion of “positional leadership”—that people become leaders by virtue of their power or position—is being challenged. Leaders are instead being asked to inspire team loyalty through their expertise, vision, and judgment.”
Leadership Awakened, Nicky Wakefield, Anthony Abbatiello, Dimple Agarwal, Karen Pastakia, & Ardie van Berkel, Deloitte University Press
Succeeding with position power is about being the one in charge, but that approach doesn’t work well with today’s top talent. This shift in power is completely changing the skill sets that leaders need.
Here are the first 5 of 10 Ways the Leadership Relationship is Changing:
From “making sure people work harder” to “making the workplace more pleasant” (so people can work effectively)
From monitoring and correcting to engaging and coaching
From delegating tasks to collaborating and co-creating
From using authority to control people to using care to support people
From separate offices for leaders to open work spaces with equal footing
These 5 changes in the leadership relationship are not happening everywhere yet, but they are happening in the best-led organizations. Are you seeing them in your workplace?
Our understanding of “good leadership” is evolving. This shift is being fueled by increasing leadership expectations – I wrote about them in 7 Lenses and in these posts:
- 16 Trends Shaping the Future of Ethical Leadership
- Leadership Development S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S to Prepare For the Future
- 10 Forces Fueling the Values-Based Leadership Movement
Leaders need to adapt to a changing landscape so that they can attract, engage and keep great people. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, when I will share 5 more of the 10 Ways the Leadership Relationship is Changing.
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