The Future Of Work And The Role Of Leadership

Jen Cohen Crompton

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” — Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electric

leadership in the future of workAs most of us have recognized, the modern-day employee is changing. From their age to their beliefs and their use of technology, employees are seeking more power and choice, and looking for leaders who lead, instead of dictate. This change in the workplace is creating a ripple effect and influencing the choices of leaders and how they foster collaboration and empower individuals.

Even management is embracing the change. The once acceptable structure of some vertical companies are reorganizing and crushing their hierarchies to flatten out and support more effective communication and an open flow environment.

With this transformation, companies and management must work together to initiate a concerted effort based on the new needs of employees and strategies to conform to the new normal and encourage individuals to identify and reach their full potential.

Through cultivating skills and providing opportunities, leadership can be a part of the human potential movement and ultimately increase productivity by managing skills and creating a more pleasant workplace through individual appreciation and positive reinforcement.

Jacob Morgan, a Forbes contributor and best-selling author, focuses on the future of work and how the workplace is evolving. Through his column, he provides insights as to how companies can adapt and change while boost productivity and focusing on the “new” type of employee.

In a recent post, Morgan wrote about The Five Must-Have Qualities of the Modern Manager. One of the key qualities was follow form the front. 

The future management model is all about removing roadblocks from the paths of employees in order to help them succeed.  This extends beyond managing people to empowering and engaging people.  The traditional idea of management was based on leading by fear and the notion of command and control.  Employees used to work hard to allow their managers to succeed and now it’s the managers turn to make sure their employees succeed.  As I’ve said many times, employees are the most valuable asset that any organization has.  In the past managers said “jump” and the employees said, “how high?”  Now, the managers are jumping with employees.

Interesting concept to think about, and absolutely a key quality that today’s leaders must demonstrate.

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About Jen Cohen Crompton

Jen Cohen Crompton is a SAP Blogging Correspondent reporting on big data, cloud computing, enterprise mobility, analytics, sports and tech, and anything else innovation-related. When she's not blogging, she can be caught marketing, using social media and/or presenting at conferences around the world. Disclosure: Jen is being compensated by SAP to produce a series of articles on the innovation topics covered on this site. The opinions reflected here are her own.