It’s no secret that we live in fast-changing times. The world of technology, in particular, seems to be moving at the speed of light and getting faster. It’s the small choices – which platform to use for teamwork, Slack or Microsoft Teams? And it’s also the big picture – will your company fall behind its competition because of your outdated technology capabilities? In companies today, Leadership has to bring more innovation than ever to avoid falling behind.
Strong leadership characteristics are more important than ever in these disruptive times. Technical experts can answer any variety of questions about how your systems work – what needs upgrades and how to do them, the specifics and merits of one system over another. You need people like this to ensure operational efficiency.
But while the qualities of leadership are different and equally important, there is the main task at hand: creating a vision for the company overall.
How Can Leadership Incorporate Innovation into Vision?
A leader can look beyond systems specifications and craft a plan for the future.
How can you incorporate innovation while making sure your day-to-day operations function smoothly?
How can you keep your top employees motivated while incorporating automation where it fits your business?
What does success look like over the long term in a time of rapid short-term change?
According to the Harvard Business Review, it’s not just the systems changes that are creating disruption for businesses all over the world right now. It’s also a change in how we work – think of the digital nomads around the world working at jobs that were tied to a desk a decade ago, and how many remote teams you work with today across the U.S. and the globe.
Leaders have to think about:
- Both ensuring that employees can do their jobs and thriving at it
- Creating a workplace that’s dynamic and inclusive
- Taking care of employees while also making your business as efficient as possible
Leaders must view all this disruptive change – of systems, teams, and people – as part of the big picture and create a vision for the future. And managing all of it is part of the leadership characteristics needed in today’s world.
How Are You and Your Leadership Team Preparing?
A few points to think about:
- What are your obvious technology weak spots as a company? What does the plan to address them look like if you have one?
- How has your employee culture changed over the last decade? Do you anticipate more changes needed (different skill sets, flexible work schedules, etc.) and how are you proactively planning to adjust to this?
- What is your big-picture strategy for the next decade – which will surely be a time of even more change?
- Do you have the right leadership team in place to adjust to the world as it is now, and as it will be in a few years? How can you get there?
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