Leaders of the future must learn to channel their inner Yoda, which means being emotionally intelligent, specifically being able to practice empathy and self-awareness. This is what 140 of the world’s top CEOs told me when I interviewed the for my new book, The Future Leader. You can read about all of the mindsets and skills they identified in this article from a few weeks ago.
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These are the six trends 140 CEOs identify that will play a major role in shaping future leaders over the next decade and beyond. It’s true that we are seeing these in action today but over the next ten years, they will be front and center.
Chris McCann knows a thing or two about flowers and gifts — and about leadership. He’s worked for 1–800-Flowers.com for more than 30 years and served as CEO since 2016. Chris helped lead the company as one of the first successful e-commerce sites and a global leader that includes numerous gifting mainstays.
Imagine leading a team of men through the Antarctic — a few months into your journey your ship gets trapped and crushed in ice, before it does, you and your crew escape to an ice floe (massive piece of floating ice) where you remain for several more months.
The world is becoming increasingly connected, and future leaders need to have world-sized mindsets. That’s the message from Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings. Overseeing multiple worldwide brands like Priceline.com, Booking.com, Kayak.com, and OpenTable.
For Ajay Banga, leadership is about more than just a title. It’s about making a real difference in peoples’ lives. And he believes those people who care and take thoughtful risks will be the successful leaders of the future.
Leading one of the largest hospitality groups in the world, especially one known for its innovation, comes with its own set of challenges. Adding to that fact are AccorHotels’ nearly 300,000 employees around the world, many of whom come from diverse backgrounds and cover multiple generations.
One of the best examples of a recognition-focused leader is David Novak, the former CEO of Yum Brands. As CEO, David oversaw 1.5 million employees around the world and made recognizing their accomplishments one of his major goals
Barry-Wehmiller CEO Bob Chapman follows a people-centric philosophy he calls Truly Human Leadership. His unique approach has influenced countless others and emphasizes many of the soft skills that will be required for successful future leaders.