Leading people to tomorrow

By Jeremy Blake on June 26, 2020

As a leader you motivate people to do their best in the present, so that the future is better.

You, more than anyone, must keep the future in mind and be prepared to change and shape the vision due to what changes and challenges hit you.

Your operationally minded managers must coach their team members to not allow the past to affect present performance, or your future results are likely to be affected.

This is tougher now as the recent past, with all that Covid 19 has brought, makes the recent past and ongoing present a struggle for many, and for people’s extended friends and families.

As a leader of the team, you will have to help people pick themselves up from set-backs and make the decisions that are most likely going to create a better outcome for the whole organisation.

Theodore Roosevelt is credited with saying:
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Fortune Magazine and Korn Ferry Hay Group have conducted a survey of a group of organisations they call WMACs, the World’s Most Admired Companies, to determine what is the secret to their continued success.

“Key to their consistent success is a focus on the long term, appropriately balancing immediate demands with future business needs. Accordingly, it is not surprising that these organizations are placing emphasis on the changing nature of work."

About three-quarters of WMAC respondents report that, looking 10 years into the future, they have taken action to determine the composition of the workforces their organisations will need, the capabilities that will be needed within their workforces, the capabilities that will be critical in their people to be leaders, and what will be required to attract, engage, and retain talent.

The survey goes on to point out that the vast majority of these organisations will lose their senior leaders in ten years or less. So, attracting talented new leaders to grow in their ability to replace you and the rest of your leadership, may be as crucial to you as the list of WMACs.

To read the rest of the article derived from the research by Forbes and their consultancy partner click here http://fortune.com/2016/02/19/worlds-most-admired-companies-preparing-future/

Whether you are a leader in a thriving SME, a large corporate or a start- up, your ability to be prepared for tomorrow is a critical part of your skill set.

When it comes to the everyday, your ability to nurture and keep the best talent to take you into the future is your very present focus.

And let’s face it, every day is that little bit different and making it that little bit better is a great role to have.