Leadership trends to watch in 2019

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To improve your leadership style, you need to pay attention to more than your own capabilities. External factors such as trends influencing your company, advancements in your industry, and your employees’ well-being also need to be considered when planning your leadership strategy.

To ensure that your company continues to achieve success, it is important to focus on improving leadership. Here are the top leadership trends to watch in 2019:

Know how to be a leader for different generations

In 2019, more Generation Z (born late 1990s and early 2000s) individuals will be recruited and employed by companies. Other generations that are also currently active in the global workforce are Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers. Each generation signifies a different cultural and economic background and leaders need to be able to adapt their management styles to work with the different generations – what may work for one group will not necessarily work for another.

To be a great company leader, learn how to manage different generations so that each group feels valued and motivated to deliver their best.

Encourage female leadership

Diversifying leadership teams in companies have never been as important as it is now. With new research demonstrating direct (and growing) correlation between profitability and female leadership, the need for gender diversity in senior management is self-evident.

If you want to grow your company, you need to find ways to diversify leadership by employing female leaders and by creating an inclusive and welcoming work environment.

Increase speed but maintain quality

In today’s business world, customers demand instant results. Businesses that can pick up their pace to achieve faster results, without impeding the quality of their work, are the ones that will continue to grow.

The leadership challenge is to find ways to speed up your company’s production process without burning out your employees or lowering the quality of your work. If you can find the balance, your company can achieve great success.

Emphasise responsibility

Once of the biggest problems in modern businesses is accountability. Without accountability, there is no urgency to deliver quality work. More companies are offering training opportunities to improve accountability in their offices.

As a company leader, you should lead by example and consistently hold yourself, and your team, accountable.

Strive for continuous development

To succeed, your business should always be ready to adapt to new trends. To do this, you need to focus on continuous learning and development. Invest in your employees by providing them with opportunities to master new technologies – this will benefit your company while improving your relationship with your employees at the same time.

By applying some of these insights to improve your management style, you can have confidence that you are leading your company in the right direction.