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It’s no secret the world around us is changing rapidly.

In just the past few years, nearly everything about how we live and work has changed. And it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

I’ve talked to some leaders who pride themselves on being steady and dependable. And while those can be great characteristics to have as a leader, you also have to be able to change and evolve.

You don’t lead in a vacuum. You can’t be so steady that you stubbornly hold on to how things used to be instead of changing to embrace new trends and mindsets.

Part of being a successful leader is paying attention to what’s happening around you and keeping an eye on the horizon. As you notice trends and what’s coming down the pipeline, you can adjust and deliver better experiences and inspiration to your teams.

In particular, today’s leaders must understand the five main trends shaping the future of work:

  1. Globalization: The barriers to doing business anywhere in the world are decreasing.
  2. Changing demographics: With multiple generations in the workforce and people working longer, we need to rethink what it means to be an employee.
  3. New behaviors: Our behavior started to change with new technology and social media, but COVID also forced us to think differently about work and life.
  4. Technology: Things like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things are forcing us to think differently about work.
  5. Mobility: Working anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

These five trends will impact every aspect of work and leadership going forward. Leaders and organizations that ignore these trends and just keep doing what they’ve always done run the risk of becoming obsolete and being replaced.

How do you stay ahead of trends as a leader? You have to get out of your office, talk to people, build relationships with colleagues across the company and throughout your industry, and pay attention to what’s happening in the world. You have to ask questions, be curious, and never stop learning.

For as quickly as things are changing now, it’s also the slowest the pace of change will ever be.

Future leaders will succeed or fail based on how well they understand new trends and adjust their leadership style.

I’d love to hear your thoughts–what trends do you see impacting the future of work and leadership? How do you pay attention to what’s on the horizon?

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