My new book, The Future Leader, comes out on February 26th and it is based on interviews I had with over 140 CEOs around the world. In the book the two questions that I wanted to answer were: Is the leader of 2030 going to look that different than today? And if so, how is that leader actually going to look different?
To find out the answers to my questions, I interviewed CEOs around the world from organizations like Mastercard, Unilever, Audi, Best Buy, Oracle, Kaiser, SAP, Koc Holding, Enel, Carnival Cruise Lines, Dominos, Dunkin’ Brands, National Grid and many others. I also teamed up with LinkedIn and we surveyed 14,000 employees around the world. And this gave me a very good picture around what the future leader is gonna look like.
And what I found out from these interviews was that most of the top CEOs around the world believe that while there are going to be some attributes that remain the same for leaders of the future– things like being able to create a vision and execute on strategy– they also believe that business leaders are going to need to arm themselves with a new set of skills and mindsets in order to stay relevant.
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Why do they need a new set of skills and mindsets? It’s because our organizations are going to look fundamentally different over the next 10 years than they do now because of technology and artificial intelligence, because of things like purpose and meaning that employees care about, globalization, the changing nature of talent, etc… And because our organizations are going to look different, it makes sense that we are going to need a new type of leader to guide and lead these organizations over the next 10 years and beyond.
So what I created after interviewing all these CEOs is something that I call The Notable Nine, a collection of four mindsets and five skills that leaders of the future will need to succeed.
The Four Mindsets are:
The Explorer: This includes practicing curiosity, being a perpetual or lifelong learner, having agility and nimbleness in your way of thinking, having a growth mindset, and being open-minded.
The Chef: As a future leader, in 2030 and beyond, you are going to have to balance ingredients, and there are two ingredients that you as a future leader are going to have to balance. The first ingredient is technology and the second ingredient is being purpose-driven and caring.
The Global Citizen: As a leader you must think globally and embrace diversity
The Servant: Leaders need to know how to serve their team, serve their customers, serve their leaders, and serve themselves. There is more to being a servant leader than we usually talk about
The Five Skills are:
The Futurist: Making sure that you can think in terms of possibilities and scenarios.
Yoda: This one is all about emotional intelligence–specifically empathy and self-awareness
The Translator: Listening and communicating with all of the channels that you have access to–email, video chats, text messaging, Slack, Facebook at Work, etc….
The Coach: You need to believe that your job as a leader is to help make other people more successful than you are
The Technology Teenager: Leaders must be tech-savvy and digitally fluent just as today’s teenagers are
These are the four mindsets and five skills I want you to teach your team, to everybody in your organization. That’s it. Four mindsets, five skills. If you can do this and teach others these things, I’m very confident that you will become a future-ready leader and you will be successful. And by the way, success doesn’t just mean making money. It means having a positive impact on society, on the world, on communities in which you serve.
To order the book or learn more about it, go to getfutureleaderbook.com.
What you will learn:
What it will take to be a successful leader in 2030 and beyond
A look at the global leadership gap (leaders around the world think they are doing much better than they really are!)
A look at the insights found from Jacob’s interviews with over 140 CEOs around the world
The trends shaping the future of leadership
The greatest challenges future leaders will have to face
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