Three Non-Technology Trends In Leader Development In 2022

Three Non-Technology Trends In Leader Development In 2022

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1. Reducing fear and supporting employee mental health

The world is stressed. Some mental health experts have even gone as far as calling the recent rise in depression and anxiety the “second pandemic.” And it’s not going away anytime soon. As such, leaders will have decisions to make in 2022 about how they will support employee mental health and eliminate fear at work.

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1. Reducing fear and supporting employee mental health

Mitigating fear can take many forms. Some companies are now including mental health services in employee benefits packages.  Others are embracing the 4-day work week in an effort to curb work-related burnout.

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2. Add Belonging to DEI

Diversity, equity, and inclusion gained “belonging” as a counterpart in 2021, but in 2022, creating belonging will be a central leadership theme.  Author, speaker, and positive psychology researcher Tamara Myles says belonging is the emotional aspect of diversity and inclusion: inclusion is an action, and belonging is how we feel when we are included. 

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2. Add Belonging to DEI

There are plenty of companies in which surface-level diversity and inclusion efforts have no real impact on whether or not people feel they belong.

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3. Esteem Needs: Fully Embracing the Total (and Changing) Person

The leaders who will bring out the best in their people in 2022 are those who can manage this tension—holding employees accountable for their behavior while giving them the freedom to explore and refine their interests.  This requires—in contrast to popular opinion—holding onto employees loosely. The best leaders want the best for their 

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3. Esteem Needs: Fully Embracing the Total (and Changing) Person

people—even if that means cheering for their success in another role or another company.  People change, as do their passions, desires, opinions, and motivations.  The organizations that will ultimately succeed are those that give people room—and permission—to change.

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