Leaders, Are You Ready to Lead With A New Mindset??
I believe that in order for organizations and their employees to survive in today’s dynamic environment, leaders need to be constantly learning innovative things in new ways. Our economy is going through a generational transformation that involves connecting with the millenniums by having a new mindset. Thus, leaders can help the organization and its employees move forward and not get trapped into a stagnant mode that will make them obsolete. For example, leaders must be willing to lead collaboratively; which is one of the newest skill that they need to learn in order to be effective in today’s complex business landscape. In addition, developing emotional intelligence (EQ) skills are critically important for success in leadership. This is the new mindset that the best leaders need to have so they can connect with the new generation and lead effectively.
As seen in his TED video, leadership expert, Simon Sinek shares that it is critical for leaders to make their employees feel secure, therefore, creating trust and safety.
As the millennials take more of the workforce and technologies advance rapidly, successful leaders will need to mold their approaches and develop new skills in order to lead successfully. Leaders will need to be able to:
- Technologically transform their organizations
- Meet the needs of the new generation as employees and consumers
- Lead collectively
We stand in an unpredictable environment where the design of innovations don’t take years to be embraced by the people and business strategies need to be constantly adjusted. In addition, as more and more organizations are collectively finding solutions to complex problems through collaboration, it is important for leaders to start embracing this new thinking as a way of leading. Finally, it is crucial to offer a culture where the millennials feel they are fulfilling a purpose.
Today’s organizations not only value your quantitative knowledge but to be successful in today’s technological landscape it also requires an emotional connection with employees and customers. Thus, leaders need to have soft skills by using emotional intelligence (EQ) as much as your technical knowledge. For millennials it is important to work for a company or buy products from one that offers that type of sentiment to their culture. For example, a company founded on the values of kindness and empathy has a competitive advantage and shows how a leader is more successful if it connects with the new millennium mindset. Therefore, developing and valuing emotional intelligence is required to lead in today’s environment.