The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined the way we work — flexible work is here to stay. The year 2022 was also a game-changer with the Great Resignation giving employees the upper hand in the job market. The leader-employee dynamic has been redefined. On top of that, people’s priorities have changed. As more generations enter the workforce, they are now prioritizing work-life balance, family and self-care.
Now more than ever, it is obvious that we are living in a human-centric era. Is your organization ready to keep up? Is it ready to support the shift from traditional leadership based on power and authority to this new era of human-centric leadership?
Here are three leadership trends that will help your organization thrive in 2023 and beyond:
1. The increasing importance of human skills.
With the rise of jobs focused on culture and wellness, soft skills (also called human skills) are becoming increasingly important. While hard skills such as “knowledge” and “experience” remain important, companies are now recognizing the unique abilities and personal features of a person.
A 2020 LinkedIn survey reveals that companies are focusing on candidates with emotional intelligence, along with other soft skills such as creativity, persuasion, collaboration and adaptability.
We need leaders who possess human skills such as high emotional intelligence. In today’s increasingly digital workplace, emotional intelligence is crucial in building relationships and interacting with people.
The ability to understand and manage your emotions and those of others is not only important in roles related to culture and wellness. Any field that involves interaction with people, especially when you are in a leadership role, requires high emotional intelligence.
Leaders should also provide the support their employees need to develop their soft skills. So many things can be replaced by artificial intelligence and technology, but soft skills such as emotional and social intelligence and natural creativity cannot be easily replicated and remain uniquely human capabilities. When your employees have well-developed human skills, it boosts performance, satisfaction and communication within your organization.