Being agile means staying up-to-date with the trends and identifying small “experiments” that can help you keep up with or even anticipate the changes happening around you. Employees are in agreement that the leaders of their organization communicate effectively with the rest of the organization. It is tempting to try and pack everything into the next general meeting, just like overpacking for a vacation. However, the current leader is not the same type as Jobs, but his contextual intelligence has helped him respond to the changing times. Adapting to change, reducing stress and improving overall well-being are all essential for success.
Doing these things skillfully will create a more resilient organization that can better capitalize on change. If you take a “wait and see” stance, you will be left behind as the pace of change accelerates. With seniority declining based on age, leadership will be taken over by the best person for the position and is likely to change frequently in an agile environment. The change is driven by evidence that small, multidisciplinary teams in agile organizations can quickly respond to rapidly changing market opportunities and customer demands. Lindsey Caplan is an organizational psychologist who helps HR and business leaders write their change efforts to achieve the desired effect.
Other social issues such as economic, health and educational inequality, climate change and stagnant economic mobility will also need attention. The demand for human skills such as innovation, leadership, analytical thinking and creativity will only continue to increase. Yes, transferring information is necessary for change, but having employees worry and take responsibility is also essential for it to be successful. The role of an agent of change does not end with creating and sharing content, but in creating the conditions for it. Building on leadership actions that have been empirically proven to stabilize organizations and help them succeed is key.
Nohria's extensive research two decades ago concluded that great leadership is characterized by its ability to adapt to the times. As we approach 2022, it is important to remember that leadership will be taken over by the best person for the position and is likely to change frequently in an agile environment. It is essential to stay up-to-date with trends and identify small “experiments” that can help you keep up with or even anticipate changes. Additionally, building on leadership actions that have been empirically proven to stabilize organizations and help them succeed will be key.