Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lead the Way by Working Together; to Succeed in Management or Rise to Senior Leadership, You Are Going to Need to Move Away from Tasks and Targets and Adopt an Outward-Looking and Collaborative Mindset, Writes Niki Chesworth

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lead the Way by Working Together; to Succeed in Management or Rise to Senior Leadership, You Are Going to Need to Move Away from Tasks and Targets and Adopt an Outward-Looking and Collaborative Mindset, Writes Niki Chesworth

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

AN organisation's biggest asset is its people. How many times have you heard that phrase? All too often, however, organisations seem to pay lip service to this statement.

Cost pressures, headcount reductions, cuts in training, overstretched teams, fears about job security and increasing workloads mean that workers do not always feel like valuable assets.

In future, that is likely to change -- and not because organisations think it is nice to treat their people better. It will be driven purely by the bottom line.

"There will continue to be massive cost pressures on organisations, so if you are not on top of your people, you will miss out," says Yvonne Sell, author of Leadership 2030: The Six Megatrends You Need To Understand To Lead Your Company Into The Future.

Co-authored with fellow Hay Group consultant Georg Vielmetter, Leadership 2030 highlights how the business leaders of tomorrow will need to be very different from those of today, with conventional styles of leadership proving inadequate in a world shaped by the six identified megatrends.

The vast complexities of the global business landscape will demand what the authors call "altrocentric" leaders: individuals whose primary focus is on others, not themselves, and who see themselves as a part of the greater whole. Essential attributes of these altrocentric leaders include empathy, maturity, integrity, openness and self-awareness; impeccable ethical standards; complex strategic thinking and the ability to create meaning for employees.

"Traditional command-and-control leadership will fall short in the face of the megatrends. The future will demand a new style of leader: one who instinctively understands the subtleties of leadership, and knows that he or she cannot navigate the complexities of the business environment alone," says Vielmetter.

Sell adds: "Good leaders will zoom out on the tasks and the details -- as you cannot keep on top of all of them -- and instead will zoom in on individuals to get the best out of them. Getting more out of people will mean identifying their strengths and getting the right fit. …

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