3 Simple Reasons Leadership is Different Today

3 Simple Reasons Leadership is Different Today

John Eades 24/03/2019 7

My friend usually started our lunch meeting with by sharing the great things happening in his business – customer satisfaction, growth rate, employee engagement, and expansion opportunities.

This lunch was different. As he sat there looking at me, defeated, he said, “John, in a matter of 10 minutes everything changed.”

He began to give me a laundry list of bad news, “First, it was a blog post dragging us through the mud. Then, a user complaining on Twitter. We didn’t make it on a top 20 industry list. A relatively new employee unexpectedly quit. Shortly after, I received an email from one of our biggest customers that said they were moving in a different direction immediately. It was one blow after another -- each punch harder than the previous one for both myself and my team."

My friend’s leadership skills were being put to the ultimate test. As I listened to him empathetically, a thought struck me 

"Although the core characteristics of being a leader remain the same, what my friend was failing to do was to look at leadership with a different, modernized lens."

Our world is evolving at a rapid pace. No longer can organizations rely on a brand, products and or services to separate themselves from the competition. Rather it’s people and the experiences they create along with brand, products and services that set organizations apart. This rapid evolution is causing a shift to happen that leaders have to adapt too. It’s called the “people economy”.

This “people economy” is driven by 3 factors – Demographics, Social, Economy. 


I am happy to report my friend has been able to fight back at the punches that were swung his way in that 10-minute span. Knowing these 3 factors of the “people economy” won't help leaders today implement changes to their behavior, but knowledge is the first step.

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  • Lucy Bateman

    While past generations have been thrown into the fire to sink or swim, a certain amount of millennials have been protected

  • Adam Kean

    People looking to grow in leadership need experiences, but with a healthy expectation.

  • Jack Bradley

    As capabilities grow through experiences, so can expectations.

  • Greg Stephens

    When people are protected, they develop a belief they are exempt from hardships.

  • Carl Bradbury

    The most effective leaders make people feel they have a stake in common problems.

  • Dean Sanderson

    Without the ability to communicate, leaders can possess all the other attributes and still fail to have an impact.

  • Bill Fotsch

    If you want a higher level of passion, engagement and profitable growth, I suggest examining the behavior of companies who have accomplished all three. Industry leaders like Southwest Airlines, Starbucks and Capital One empower employees to think and act like owners. They economically engage their employees as partners in the business, driving and participating in the profitable growth of the company. They offer challenges, not perks. There focus is on the managerial system as well as managers. Their passion, engagement and profit results speak for themselves. These Forbes and Harvard Business Review articles provide more background: https://hbr.org/2018/01/more-than-a-paycheck http://www.forbes.com/sites/fotschcase/2016/05/31/engage-your-employees-in-making-money/

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John Eades

Leadership Guru

John is #2 LinkedIn Global Top Voice 2017 – Management & Workplace. He is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College. 

   

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