5 Leadership Trends to Embrace Now to Prepare for 2022

5 Leadership Trends to Embrace Now to Prepare for 2022

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1. Creating a culture of well-being

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), depression causes an estimated 200 million lost workdays annually and costs employers somewhere between $17 billion and $44 billion. This is staggering. Leaders of the future are paying attention. As we head into 2022, we must create cultures where employee well-being comes first. 

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1. Creating a culture of well-being

Change like this starts at the top, and leaders must set an example.  Every person on a company’s executive team must be committed to workplace well-being, modeling a holistic lifestyle where top priorities are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. The days of work, work and 

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1. Creating a culture of well-being

more work are over. People are craving more balance and wellness in life, and leaders who ignore or resist addressing it will be left behind.

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2. Investing in your employees’ development

Leaders can start by mapping out a learning and development program focused on learning new technologies and software, advancing job-specific knowledge and skills and teaching effective management and leadership techniques, including power skills such as empathy, listening, problem-solving and communication.  Effective upskilling programs 

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3. Addressing inequality within your culture

Leaders have the responsibility to ensure that the workplace is as fair and equitable as possible. It isn’t easy to know where to get started, and I suggest you start with pay.  Complete a full assessment of employee compensation, looking at it from all angles such as gender, role and the gap between individual contributors, mid-level 

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3. Addressing inequality within your culture

managers and executive leadership. Then address the inequalities. Other ways to tackle inequality in the workplace? Invest in bias training that focuses on experience sharing and teaching intersectionality.  Create safe spaces for under-represented people to access support and give them a platform to share their stories. 

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4. Building your technology infrastructure

There is no time like the present to invest in your technology infrastructure. Sit down with your leadership team and scenario plan.  What technology do we know we need now? What might we need in the future? How do we build an agile system that can change as we change?  Then create the roadmap. 

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4. Building your technology infrastructure

Without a roadmap, it won’t be easy to get where you want to go. Outline priorities, investments and talent requirements.  Then create simple use cases for your top priorities or low-hanging fruit.

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5. Embracing an experimenter’s mindset

There is no doubt that more disruption lies ahead; it’s the new norm. What you did yesterday will most likely not work tomorrow.  Yes, it can change that fast, just as we experienced in March 2020. To be future-ready, you must be willing to try new things, to experiment. Don’t be afraid to try new 

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5. Embracing an experimenter’s mindset

things. In fact, the more you get used to adapting, learning, growing and pivoting, the better off you’ll be.  Economic instability will be a factor for some time to come, and embracing an experimenter’s mindset will help you stay ahead of the curve.

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