I recently read a book “Leader of the Future 2.0” in which some of the leading business leaders write about leadership and management issues facing the workforce of today. The book has 27 essays which cover a broad spectrum of leadership challenges. In this post I’d like to share some thoughts from the chapter “Leading New Age Professionals” by Marshall Goldsmith.
The author argues that things have changed radically over the last 10-15 years. The demands and expectations from professionals are much higher and the new age professionals are also quite different in their thinking and work style. As the Pakistan IT market continues to mature and we struggle to develop our reputation for quality work, there are lessons here for us.
Lets start with what are the changes driving all this. Marshall points out to Five Factors which have converged to create a new world of professional work:
- Increased differentiation in compensations
- Decreased job security
- Decreased healthcare and pension security
- Global competition
- New technology
What New Professional Want From Leaders?
Let’s reverse the pyramid and look at leadership from the perspective of the wants and needs of professionals as opposed to the perspective of the skills of the leader. Marshall makes the point that leaders will need to consider the human doing the work.
- Encourage their passion
- Enhance their ability
- Value their time
- Build their network
- Support their dreams
- Expand their contribution
Very often in Asian cultures we hesitate but I think that it is fair to clearly outline the expectations from leadership. I believe that if professionals can be convinced by leaders that they are in an organization which cares about them as well as the bottom line then motivation and productivity will increase.
The book is available from Amazon.