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Leadership Megatrends

Global Leadership Forecast 2018

Leadership Megatrends

MegaTrendsThe research summarized in this report shows the powerful and pervasive—yet rarely fulfilled—impact of leadership practices on organizations striving to meet their business challenges, now and in the future. We’ve delved into over two dozen findings focused on how these enterprise-level objectives are achieved. Each finding includes precise, practical recommendations for learning from top-performing companies and for listening to and maximizing the potential of leaders themselves. Now, it’s time to take a step back to see the overarching trends emerging from the research as consistent guiding principles flowing broadly into all aspects of leader talent management.
 

Six Leadership Megatrends from Global Leadership Forecast 2018

Digital Reshapes the Workforce: Across nearly every facet of the research, we saw the influence of digital readiness. Digitally advanced organizations and leaders are already outperforming their less technologically savvy peers, who risk being left behind, permanently.

Data’s Power Extends Beyond the Numbers: We expected to see data as an increasingly valuable commodity for people and business decisions. But we didn’t anticipate the heavy influence data and analytics have on business’ human side: inclusivity, agility, and fairness.

Culture Looms Crucial: Leadership strategies will fail without solid cultural cornerstones—clearly grasped and enlivened purpose, peer coaching, experimentation, psychological safety, and fully incorporated, diverse gender and generational views.

DIY Is DOA: Leaders who stand (and learn) alone—not given access to or eschewing coaching from peers and mentors, and failing to adopt a collective, shared, and team-centric view of leadership—may survive in the workplace, but they surely won’t thrive.

The Potential Pool Swells to a Lake: Organizations taking a broad view of potential—expanding their reach to activate and accelerate leadership talent—prove more financially successful, feature stronger top leaders, and employ more women at every leader level.

HR Navigates a Challenging Road Ahead: HR’s reputation as an Anticipator has taken a hit along with its declining rates of analytics success. Also, HR’s own digital readiness is lacking. If this isn’t addressed soon, HR’s ability to drive digital advancement will be crippled.
 

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