by Emily Lammers
According to Forbes, when it comes to the future of work not only are employees changing, managers also have to change the ways in which they lead. Below are 10 essential traits for future managers.
Is a Leader
A manager must be a leader, a visionary, they must earn followers, not command respect. The mindset must be: manager is something you earn not something you are assigned to do.
Follow From the Front
Future managers must exist to make their people more successful, not to have the people serve them. When a manager follows from the front he leads the way and allows team members to become more effective.
Now that technology has become such an vital part of how we live and work it has never been more important for managers to grasp which technologies have the potential to benefit the organization. They also must stay up to date on which new technologies might be coming their way in the near future.
Leads by Example
A manager must be the first person to demonstrate a new, positive behavior, or to embrace a new concept. A manager can no longer lead by delegating and ordering, a manager can only lead by demonstrating.
A manager needs to be ok with asking others help, admitting when they are wrong or when they may not know something. They also must feel comfortable when team members ask questions and voice their opinions even though they may contradict theirs.
Believes in Sharing and Collective Intelligence
A manager understands and embraces the fact that they may not have all the answers. This manager also recognizes the advantage in sharing information instead of storing it.
Is a Fire Starter
Managers should be fire starters; igniting ideas, challenging convention, and experimenting.
Gives Real Time Recognition and Feed-back
Annual reviews are no longer effective for either the organization or the associates. In its place managers will focus on delivering their team real time feedback.
Is Conscientious of Personal Boundaries
A manager recognizes that team members have their own space, both digitally and physically. A manager must work towards setting boundaries that are to be respected.
Adapts to the Future Employee
Managers understand that the way we work and think about work is changing. This means they are open-minded and embrace change.