I was recently asked by a large government organization to speak to what the leadership will look like in the future. What a great question. What is interesting about this topic is that the literature and research around it is still emerging. What is clear and consistent though is that the future will require leaders who are global citizens and able to work in a multicultural environment, who value talent and intellectual property and who embrace the need for constant digital transformation.
Future leaders will need to be innovative, collaborative and adaptive. They will also need to be both strategic and agile (“stragility”) to build tomorrow’s talent. The future of leadership is diverse and anchored in what I like to refer to as Executive Leadership Presence that I believe embodies inclusive leadership.
Dennis Gabor, a noble prize-winning physicist, once said, “The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented.” Can organizations and their leadership predict a future that is inclusive, equitable and diverse? Perhaps as we celebrate Black History Month and International Women’s Month, we need to commit to finding leaders who actually advocate for issues like closing the gender and pay gap so that we can gain greater diversity and inclusion within organizations.