December 08, 2022. 5 minutes Read
Leadership is as old as the human civilization and the earliest that corporate leadership appeared on the horizon can be envisaged to be along with the onset of the first industrial revolution in the 17th century, although the modern-day corporate leadership and management development started somewhere in the middle of the last century.
Throughout history, Humans have tried to bring perfection to almost everything, including its industry, and benefited from qualitative advancements. This qualitative advancement has sometimes been so ingrained in a specific period and has had such an overwhelming impact that we have dubbed them “industrial revolutions” The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam as a power source to mechanize production. The Second used oil, gas, and electricity as a source of power to create mass production. The Third used the computing power of an atom and developed electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution, characterized by a fusion of technologies, is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological domains; put, “it is all about connecting the internet to the physical world.”
Although, like its predecessors, the Fourth Industrial Revolution has one thing in common: DISRUPTIVE. Fourth, Industrialization is turning upside down the tables of the prevailing industries before them; what sets it apart from the earlier ones is its massive impact on the world, given its speed of technological advancements that have no precedents. And also, its pace of evolution is more exponential than linear, disrupting every business across the globe.
From what I see is that in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the following are the key factors causing everyday business disruptions;
Consequently, for leaders, the implications of thriving in such a changing environment entail coming to an understanding of the following;
As the fourth industrial revolution intensifies, rewriting the business rules and technology is fast becoming more than a business enabler.
It is becoming a provider of what can be called the heart of every business in a contemporary context, with massive and rapid scalability and efficiency?
No business, big or small, will be immune to such unprecedented disruptive forces and for businesses to stay relevant and resourceful in such choppy waters of rapid technological and industry changes. All current/running businesses will have to adopt a very different style of Leadership that can embrace and addresses all the complexities, uncertainties, and vagaries that will come with everyday business disruptions.
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Along with the fourth industrial revolution will come new leadership challenges. Corporate leaders will have to learn to deal not only with the complexities arising out of human factors at work but also those arising out of technological factors.
Furthermore, future business challenges will be nothing less than life in a super-fast lane, featuring significant change, high speed, and high stress.
To succeed in disruptive times, what will be necessary is a total overhaul of the outdated corporate leadership model and replace it with a leadership strategy in the contemporary context, beginning with a shift in the leadership paradigms of organizations.
In the future, the most challenging task for any corporate leader will be “How to succeed .” Economic uncertainty, market consolidation, and the need for growth through innovation will render the best of organizations to survival pressures and make it imperative for corporate leaders to manage multifaceted business challenges. For business leaders, dealing with the pressures of Leadership will be accompanied by its challenges, with leaders now having to drive performance in a rapidly changing, complex, global business environment — one that constantly places new demands on their organizations and the capabilities of the workforce.
By any measure, it’s a tall order for even the highest-performing leaders, which brings us to a point where we need to address a few burning questions:
The harsh realities of a chaotic and volatile environment that we may have to deal with a daily call for the need for a new leadership mindset based on the presupposition that radical change and uncertainty will be the new norm. Not the exception, encompassing a worldview compatible with change and unpredictability, recognizing that although goals are achievable, how we get there is unpredictable. Hence, adaptability is more important than predictability.
But from my vast experience of over 38 years, I envisage the evolution of a leadership model that is a refreshing and practical approach to extreme challenges, acknowledges the complexity and fluid nature of business change, and is profoundly thoughtful. A useful approach to managing in a chaotic environment is a radical thought that provides a sounding board, frame of reference, and guide when faced with tough and demanding leadership situationsAs I look back over the years, I see that by itself, Leadership has not evolved; what has developed is our understanding of it and the fact that leadership styles are personality-driven. Different leadership styles can be effective simultaneously, whereas the same technique may be ineffective in different situations.
People working within the organizations expect from Organization to adjust continually to sudden disruptive changes, competitive threats, new technologies, rapidly changing markets, business environment, and customer needs, and therefore developing such a radical leadership approach then necessitates a new leadership paradigm that addresses the following;
Given the leadership challenges of tomorrow, it is not an easy task to understand or define a leadership model that will help businesses remain relevant and resourceful in the turbulent and chaotic business environment.
In my three decades of following Leadership and its evolution in time, I have never seen such a struggle to reach a consensus on the ideal leadership style for the future. The pressure of the current business environment is so enormous that any strategy or course of action we decide today is highly susceptible to what may surface tomorrow.
Having accepted the fact that in the future, we have to operate in a bewildering and rapidly changing environment, what is needed is a business leadership model that is
Highly Strategic In Action, Dwells On A Well-Developed Mindset For Gauging Technological, Social, Political, Market And Economic Realities Of The Environment In Which Businesses Operate
and for which following are the critical must-have competencies;
The ability to prepare for multiple scenarios, think innovatively, deal with complexity and manage paradoxes.
Seek and leverage new technologies and understand the ever-growing virtual nature of the workplace.
shifting from command and control to more inclusive, collaborative working and problem-solving.
mean having the competencies to manage a workforce composed of people from diverse backgrounds, the sensitivity to deal with cultural differences, and a profound understanding of the dynamics of international markets.
inspire confidence and trust in the Organization’s direction and promptness in addressing employee concerns.
Embrace and drive change in response to or anticipating business needs and effectively master the change process.
Today, the world is witnessing relentless change at an increasingly rapid pace. Consequently, the youth of tomorrow will be subjected to various unique and complex challenges and have to perform in an environment characterized by high-speed, significant change, and high stress. Some modern-day challenges have already appeared on the horizon, like acute income inequality and job loss due to automation. What is essential and critical today is to develop the youth of tomorrow in advanced leadership competencies by enabling them to be well-equipped to manage the complexity, paradox, non-linear stresses, ambiguity, and a multitude of challenging perspectives.
One of the most critical challenges today is the insufficient academic and institutional resources to churn out dynamic leaders. We need Dynamic Leaders with advanced capacities who can adaptively lead themselves, others, and the Organization through multiple complexities to achieve desired outcomes for themselves, others, and others in the Organization. It then falls upon today’s youth to instill in themselves the leadership skills of the 21st Century. So here is an opportunity for the budding leaders of tomorrow to undergo self-development by training and coaching in the essential leadership skills of the 21st Century.
Business success in the modern-day volatile and rapidly changing environment will be consequential to the corporate Leadership’s ability to:
Few things are necessary for the ecosystem to address challenges in the Leadership of the next era of global business. It is essential to develop professionals for success in an environment of strong market forces, changing people issues, and shifting leadership competencies by forging training & coaching models. This model will link the knowledge, skills, and concepts relevant to the leadership competencies of the 21st Century to the practice of Leadership within actual work organizations
As a professional trainer & coach, I help executives, budding corporate leaders, and CXOs. I help to build their physical resilience, accelerate their professional & business growth and help make an extraordinary impact by training the mind to achieve mental strength and physical well-being. I also help them to get away from the problems of the past and focus on future practical solutions; by enabling them to tap into one’s resources. These Practical Solutions will help them improve not only their skills but also their physical & mental wellbeing by helping, through personal choices, become strong, competent, and well-adapted to control their life and career.
The objectives of my corporate leadership training and coaching are to help prepare excellent corporate leaders of tomorrow by enabling them to;
To reshape the global business environment, the convergence of various market, social and technological forces- calls for a new context of Leadership and management. Success in managing and corporate Leadership will be determined not by accumulated knowledge but by the speed of acquisition of latent leadership skills and competencies critical for success in the 21st Century.
Managerial excellence will not be a matter of possessing traditional skills and tools but demonstrating a high degree of flexibility and adaptability in dealing with technology and people. And it is also staying constantly meaningfully connected to others in the ever-changing world.
Jammu is an ex – c-suite executive, a thought leader, passionate about
learning and sharing, with an insatiable appetite for helping individuals,
institutions and organizations pursue “EXCELLENCE” – be the best they
possibly can by the means of coaching, training & consulting.
As a professional trainer & coach he coaches leaders, entrepreneurs and
executives to help them build their physical resilience, accelerate their
professional & business growth and make an extra ordinary impact.
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