What it means to be an effective leader has changed dramatically since I founded TalenTrust in 2003, because workplaces themselves have changed. Gone—or going—are the unbendable rules, inflexibility in how and where to work, micromanagement, pedestals and hierarchy, minimal time off, and virtually everything else traditional and predictable about work. What defines today’s workplace is the opposite. It’s humanity.
Effective leaders in today’s world are learning to live and thrive with constant change and uncertainty. Without a new mold for what a leader should be and do, we have opened the door to expressing our own humanity as well as creating more humane workplaces. Rather than a recipe for chaos, leaders in companies of every size and industry are seeing greater engagement and satisfaction, increased teamwork, and more innovation and productivity.
In celebration of TalenTrust’s 15th anniversary, I share below 15 lessons I’ve learned that you may find helpful as you consider who you are as a leader and who you want to be. Rather than being constrained and unemotional as in the past, today’s outstanding leaders—the ones who attract and retain top talent and beat the competition–embrace their humanity and bring it to work.
In reality, the changing expectations of younger workers mean that you have no choice but to opt into this new kind of leadership. Use the 15 lessons learned from my experience as food for thought, and I hope a strong contribution to your personal leadership journey.