Today’s leaders are facing unprecedented shifts and challenges as our world continues to change rapidly, and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. As noted by Brent Gleeson (Forbes, 2024), leaders are facing challenges and ever-evolving opportunities.  To be most effective, it is imperative to stay ahead of the curve.  With this in mind, Gleeson outlined the five most important future trends.

  1. Adaptive Leadership

Throughout the business realm, adaptive leaders must be able to effectively navigate in the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment.  Although we have written about the VUCA world, Gleeson outlines specific actions and capabilities that have become even more essential.  This includes:

  1. The ability to embrace change: Leaders must begin by recognizing that change is constant and inevitable.  Presenting new challenges as opportunities for growth and innovation – rather than problems or inconveniences – leads to new and/or refined methods of operation.
  2. Always being flexible and agile: Ensuring that all leaders, including supervisors, consistently adjust strategies and circumstances as the environment demands, builds a foundation for continuous success.
  3. Possessing a learning orientation: The minute that a leader believes that he/she “has seen it all,” they are poised for failure.
  4. Emotional Intelligence

As we have written through the years, emotional intelligence (EI) has become crucial for every leader.  Being able to effectively understand and manage emotions will foster positive team dynamics, promote collaboration, and will find the way through complex interpersonal relationships.  Additionally, it is important to understand that effective EI requires 1) self-awareness and self-regulation, 2) interpersonal effectiveness, and 3) effective decision-making.  With these three capabilities, a leader is poised to develop exceptional EI.

  1. Purpose-Driven Leadership

Without a specific – and well-communicated – purpose that provides foundational support, individual members will never be able to evolve into a truly effective team.  Rather, they will simply be a group of people who may be involved with the same organization or corporation, etc. In fact, the most effective leaders draw inspiration from focusing on a purpose-driven approach to the team’s mission.  This leads to being able to align key values among all team members, while building a long-term vision.

  1. Remote Leadership Skills

After the recent pandemic, virtually all teams have begun to work in some type of remote setting.  That may be 1) all team members always working from home, 2) designated team members working together in only certain circumstances, or 3) another variation of remote vs. in-person work in varying situations.  Whatever your organization’s situation, most leaders must contend with team members who do not always work together in the exact same environment.

  1. Technology and Data Literacy

Today’s evolving technological landscape and massive growth of data require a more thorough understanding and capability, as related to digital tools and platforms.  Specifically, leaders must be prepared for 1) continuous digital transformation, 2) becoming adept at utilizing data to make more effective decisions, and 3) integrating emerging technologies on an ongoing basis, including artificial intelligence (AI).

Overall, ensuring that all your organization’s leaders possess these five essential capabilities is a requirement today for success in tomorrow’s business environment.  If you have not already adopted a business-related process for identifying future leaders, and instituted a specific job-related leadership development program(s), the likelihood of experiencing failures among key leaders is greatly increased.  And, as we all know, a failure among any member of our organization’s leadership team most always leads to crucial failures in the entire company.

Today’s environment would mandate that it is essential to invest time and effort to ensure that you identify individuals who possess a high likelihood of success for each of your leadership positions.  This process includes understanding that each position does not require the same type of leadership skills.  A supervisor does not need the same type of capabilities as an executive.  However, each requires a designated set of skills. You must understand the requirements for each position, then evaluate every candidate for that position against those requirements.  Otherwise, you will need to replace your leadership team on a continuous basis.

For years, E.A.S.I.-Consult® has been helping companies identify person who are most likely to succeed in a variety of leadership positions.  And, then helping these companies to establish processes that will maximize the opportunity that each of these new leaders will be able to excel.  As a leader in researching and identifying key capabilities necessary for many positions, we assist organizations reach their full potential.

Joseph Gier, Ph.D. is Vice President – Consulting Services at E.A.S.I-Consult and is a licensed Psychologist. E.A.S.I-Consult works with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and mid-sized organizations to provide customized Talent Management solutions. Utilizing scientific approaches, E.A.S.I.-Consult provides superior results to Business – Driven by Science. Our specialties include leadership and leadership potential assessment, online employment assessment, customized skills assessment, competency modeling, leadership development, executive coaching, 360-degree feedback, online structured interviews, and EEO hiring compliance. To learn more about E.A.S.I.-Consult, visit, email, or call 800.922.EASI.