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Five ideas to envisage leadership of the future from new leadership trends:
1. From an individual-centered focus, we have gone towards the team, and from the team, to the network. The leadership of the future will be shared: in organizations of the future, everyone will be leaders.
2. Leadership cannot be boiled down to a set of prefabricated formulas that are used for all organizations, it requires continuous training and the ability to adapt and improvise. Leadership will be more like dancing as a group instead of mathematics.
3. Leading will be synonym of empowering, the best leaders will be ones who transform their followers into leaders.
4. The traditional workplace will be transformed into a collaboration 2.0 environment and the leadership of the future will be somewhat similar to the influence that some users have in internet forums. The main leadership 2.0 competences will be the ability to generate participation and trust, micro-blogging, tolerate ambiguity, share openly, and to help achieve a ‘netarchical’ organization.
5. If work is permeated with Social Networking values and attitudes, people will lose the fear of making mistakes, exploring, participating, sharing, making decisions, taking risks, being creative or contributing new ideas. People won’t have the usual fears found in traditional companies and won’t need to be directed, they will be used to generating collective intelligence and leadership through digital participation infrastructures.
To sum up, leadership of the future will be necessarily collective: people won’t know how to interact otherwise.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Peter Drucker
Raúl González (@coachingcritico) is a certified coach (ICF) and holds a Master in Work and Organizational Psychology from Mälardalen University (Sweden), specialized in participation, organizational sociology, and coaching-based leadership. He has collaborated as a coach and trainer in organizations around the world, and is author of the blog coachingcritico.com, a space continuously investigating the way in which coaching and other trends are transforming learning and collaboration in all types of organizations.