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These are the Skills and Mindsets of the Leader of the Future

Summary: Jacob Morgan, founder of FutureOfWorkUniversity.com, identified the skills and mindsets that leaders must possess if they want to lead themselves, their people and their organizations to success.

Original author and publication date: Marisol García Fuentes – November 4, 2020

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Leaders of the future lead from the future.

From the article:

When we hear the word water, an image immediately comes to mind, we know what we are talking about. The same does not happen with the term leadership or when we want to refer to the leader. However, this character plays a fundamental role in cultures and organizations.

Jacob Morgan, a futurist who explores leadership, the future of work and the experience of employees, participated in INCmty where he pointed out the nine skills and mindsets that the leader of the future must have, whom he referred to as “the leader of today” .

Also founder of FutureOfWorkUniversity.com , an online education and training platform that helps individuals and organizations thrive in the changing world of work, he made a comparison between leaders and beacons.

In this regard, he said that the lighthouses have served as a pillar to guide sailors and explorers to their destinations safely. “When I think of a leader I think [of a lighthouse] and that I want you to have in your mind for yourself,” he said.

“Your job as a leader is not only to become that lighthouse, but to shine your light on others in your organization and direct it to success,” he added, clarifying that a lighthouse without ships at sea is useless, the same as building yourself. as a leader if you don’t have people to guide.

In this changing world, in the same way that businesses and organizations change, leadership will experience several changes. How do you lead in a rapidly changing world where it is clear that what worked in the past will not work in the present or the future?

To answer this question, Jacob interviewed more than 140 of the world’s top CEOs and interviewed 14,000 employees in partnership with LinkedIn. With this research, he was able to identify a new arsenal of nine skills and mindsets that leaders must possess if they want to guide themselves, their people, and their organizations to success.

The 4 mentalities
Jacob identified four mentalities or mindsets for the leader of the future.

The global citizen. Leaders must get used to the idea that they are citizens of the world, capable of surrounding themselves and learning from people of other cultures, with different customs, styles and ways of thinking than his or her own. That will expand your mind and make decisions that come out of the box that are truly innovative.
The servant . For years leaders have been seen as at the top of the pyramid, from where they move processes and people. The future leader must be at the service of his people, help them break their own paradigms and learning barriers, to get all the best they can become. This is in line with the trend of “don’t hire people for what they have done but for what they can become / be”.
The chef. The secret of chefs is that they know how to balance certain ingredients to achieve dishes with the perfect flavor. In the same way, leaders must balance between teams, processes, mindsets, backgrounds. Jacob emphasizes the balance of two ingredients: Humanity and Technology, what he calls “HumanIT.”
The Explorer. Citing as an example the Antarctic expeditions of the explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, Jacob Morgan emphasized the need for leaders to open their minds and explore new ideas, always be open to new ways of thinking.

5 skills for the future leader

On the other hand, Jacob emphasized the skills  that leaders must develop in line with these four mindsets, and that will help unleash the full potential for their teams and organizations:

  1. The coach .
  2. The futurist.  
  3. Yoda  .
  4. The technology teenager.  .
  5. The translator.  .

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