Leadership trends help us focus on better leadership development, so understanding them enables organisations to prioritise investment in the right leadership qualities and talent management. Leadership development is still a hot topic: ‘bad’ leadership may be under the spotlight at the moment, but the demand for transformational leadership continues. Leaders and managers need to receive better, and more constructive feedback. It’s important to understand the leadership qualities and, as a result, the practical skills people need to be successful in this environment.
At a recent International Leadership Association Conference, one of the keynote speakers talked about the “four global revolutions”: leadership trends in IT, Energy, Manufacturing and Life Sciences. It’s now clear how these affect our lives more generally, but let’s focus on how they affect leadership development and talent management, as global and individual trends.