Every year, more and more changes are implemented in every industry. 2021 especially will bring about creative adaptations as the world further adjusts to life in a pandemic. Work-life will continue to evolve, which means leadership methods will have to as well. Let’s take a look at five leadership trends to expect for 2021.
Firstly, building a positive culture in remote teams will be crucial. Leaders need to assess how they communicate in person and think about how it comes across through technology. We are a long way from the end of the pandemic, and to keep people as safe as possible, workers who can work from home are subjected to such measures. This means that remote culture will only get stronger, so leaders must be willing to adapt and thrive. Pay attention to body language when communicating via technology, and check in on those who seem to be participating less. Next, be open to adopting a “change” mindset. Leaders need to keep up with the ever-evolving work culture, and Dr. Frederik von Briel suggests three key steps to do so. These include identifying when change is taking place and understanding its details, considering the opportunities the change might bring, and understanding how and when leaders should act on change.
In order to have the perfect balance in all aspects of leadership, leaders must use a well-being approach. This means prioritizing eight key components of their company. These include material, economic, spiritual, physical, cultural, psychological, social, and environmental. Finances are important, but without balancing all of these components, a business is destined to fail. Also, leaders should work on eradicating ethical blind spots. This means understanding the impact of your actions on others. Leaders can do so by eliminating competitive culture and encouraging being a team player. Leaders should also lookout for signs of authoritarian leadership in their company and move away from such tactics.
Lastly, leaders should start implementing the triple bottom line approach. According to business.edu, this an approach to business that places equal concern on social and environmental implications as it does on financial ones. Covid19 has pushed leaders to move more towards sustainable practices for their businesses, and leaders who do not follow in these footsteps risk not meeting societal expectations and losing their social license to operate.