Human communication

The leadership of the future

There are tried and true leadership principles that have stood the test of generations, such as putting the customer first, hiring and developing top talent, and being integral in your words and actions. Yet it’s natural for humans to project our thoughts into the future, wondering what things might look like and how they might be at some future date. I asked ten entrepreneurs what the leadership of the future would look like. Predicting the future is risky business. No Monday morning quarterback here. Let’s hear what they have to say.

AI technology is the future

“In the future, AI technology will be the most effective tool entrepreneurs use for leadership development,” says Ryan Blair, Founder of AlterCall.

It’s no secret that entrepreneurs and businesses are going virtual. Based on Ryan’s technology background and AlterCall’s latest research, the virtual component has a specific impact on the idea of ​​mental health and coaching for entrepreneurs and business owners.

“We know there has to be a better way to help coaches with their clients. What really stood out to us was the ability to use AI to give real-time feedback on unapparent emotional states. This improves outcomes while reducing the time and cost associated with coaching,” says Blair, who has assembled a team of experts like Dr. Esma Benssassi and research director Idin Goli, who are working on integrating advanced biosensors in a multimodal AI. Platform.

“We believe that emotional states are often invisible. Mental health has been at rock bottom, making it increasingly difficult for people to lead.

Support lifelong learning and find that purpose

“The talents of tomorrow are formed today. That’s why I think we should start by looking at what motivates current generations to define what the future of leadership should look like,” says Marnix Broer, co-founder and CEO of StuDocu. “We need to ensure that current generations have all the resources they need to be educated. Not only must we focus on improving education as we know it – students assimilate the knowledge that institutions and professors serve them – but we must also concentrate on preparing our future colleagues for their professional life. We need to teach them how to work successfully in teams and build skills that will help them succeed in the workplace.

“Education is not only important before, but throughout their career. Future leaders must therefore support and invest in the continuous learning and development of their teams. In addition, future leaders need to think about their team’s life outside of work and foster a good work-life balance, for example by offering wellness support and “a la carte benefits” to retain a team. happy and healthy.

“Last, but most importantly, future leaders must commit to making a positive impact with their work. Whether it is on the environment or society, current generations are ready to make a difference and so should we. The good thing is that having a good lens will also have a positive impact on your business!

Reconnect with purpose and passion

“More than ever, it’s important for us to focus on reconnecting with the passion and purpose of our lives.” Kristin Sparks, founder and CEO of WRAR Inc., as well as best-selling author, believes it’s crucial that leaders begin to redefine what success looks like.

“The pandemic has shown us that circumstances can change in an instant. Living a purposeful life and elevating careers is crucial for mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.

As an advocate for women living lives of passion, joy and purpose, she added, “We want to build safe spaces to remind women that a fulfilling life will lead them to be better leaders, family members and community representatives.

The future of leadership is youth

“Imagine the potential of our youth today. We are literally sitting on untapped resources. As leaders, we must learn to recognize and frame, to be a arrogant angel, to youth. Help them empower themselves and become future leaders and visionaries,” says Hazel Ortega, Founder of High Tide Global.

“As entrepreneurs and leaders ourselves, we have a responsibility to ensure that there is a future in which to grow. With the pandemic and even before, there has been a change. The younger generation relies on technology for everything – school, social interaction – and parents have grown numb to this change, not being as involved as they once were. Although I praise technology and all its advancements, we cannot forget the human factor either. So we have to take charge, we have to be positive and powerful mentors.

“I had insistent angels who helped me get to where I am today, and I always encourage others to become someone else’s arrogant angel. Continue to pay it forward and lead by example. It’s the only way to change the world for the better. »

The future is now

“The future of leadership is now. It’s amazing the momentum Gen Z is building. I feel lucky to be part of this generation. Good leadership begins and ends with self-confidence. No one can make you believe in yourself if you don’t first do the work necessary to build your self-confidence,” says Lexi Kaz, CEO and Founder of AK Infinite. “The way your leader treats himself will then reflect on you. When I left college after a year to start my own business, the belief that I would succeed no matter what happened to me was what kept me going.

“If you believe in your infinite potential, then you will thrive as a leader. Putting others before yourself will come naturally. You only succeed if you surround yourself with amazing people. I believe that seeing your team members thrive is the greatest gift anyone can receive. My goal, as part of the next generation of leaders, is to inspire others to act now. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, although we all like to think so, and investing in yourself is the best place to start.

Communication is key

“Leadership and company culture are now more important than ever,” said Ryan Niddel, CEO of Ryan Niddel Strategies. “In a world that is becoming increasingly remote due to the shift to remote work opportunities, a leader must learn to communicate and set an example for their team. Responding to them personally is paramount in today’s remote culture.

“Making myself available for real-time communication through tools like Microsoft Teams and Voxer has proven to be profitable while growing my company, MIT45, from $24 million in revenue to $75 million over the past last two years.”

Empathy is needed

“More than ever, leaders must provide resources and strategies to support overall mental, physical and emotional well-being,” said Robert Morgan, CEO of Pivotal Moments Media, who has more than 25 years of experience in building effective teams and organizations, including as co-founder of $200 million consulting firm Morgan Franklin. He adds that “strong leadership is essential to reinforce the culture and maintain the values ​​and integrity of the organization in an increasingly digital and remote world”.

Leading with empathy is difficult, but the rewards are great. “I know this requires an increased level of patience and listening to team members through all forms of communication, but the rewards are endless.”

Inspiration through adversity

“Your current situation is not your final destination.” Bernadette Gomez, founder and CEO of Limitless Elite, is responsible for building a global business that serves the financial and life insurance needs of its customers. “Having nearly 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and team building, leading business teams through every phase, the main component of successful teams is inspiration. Afterwards, any overcoming of adversity can be the catalyst to change your life.

“As a leader, I make sure to always encourage those I lead to inspire themselves and others. No matter what the future holds, adversity is never too far away. adversity is not so much about how you handle it. In my two decades of experience, I have been through many trials and tribulations in my professional and personal life. I share this with my team to let them know that anything is possible if they keep going.

Self-awareness is a must

“An effective leader is identified by a high level of self-awareness, emotional regulation, motivation, ethics, principles, morals, values, integrity, and social skills.”

Ryan Rodney is the founder of Riverbound Custom Storage, a one-of-a-kind RV park/storage facility in Lake Havasu, Arizona. As the 35-year-old’s property developments thrust him into the limelight, he admits pain is part of the process. “A true leader seeks pain and pressure and finds a way to truly grow. And they’re not afraid to fail.

“When self-aware, a leader learns to focus on those they lead. A master leader uses their success, light, wealth, and influence to put those around them in the best position. to succeed and realize their potential and purpose.

Personalization and transparency are key

In our ever-changing consumer-centric society, healthcare leaders will need to bridge the gap and realize that patients view healthcare, as we view all services, as a commodity,” says Dr. Mark Stein, president of New York Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

“We need to provide patients with a platform that combines evolving technologies, such as AI, helping to address workforce shortages, while maintaining the personalized and transparent doctor-patient relationship that is essential to fostering the trust and care.”

Historically and necessarily, leadership has been top-down. When leading a platoon into battle or preparing a workforce for the industrial age, the leader is responsible for the security, stability, and allegiance of his contingents. Leadership today is less about dictating orders to an obedient following. Rather, the future of leadership is about winning the allegiance of others through inspiring passion and purpose, good communication, and an empathetic heart.