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2023 A New Chapter in Leadership

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
Andrew Carnegie

As we begin to navigate a new year, the new workplace and recruitment trends of 2022 will be the norm for 2023. Workplace cultures and onboarding processes have shifted.

With an ever-evolving onboarding process, more changes are sure to follow. There’s no debate that the current and future job market will remain highly competitive and increasingly so.

More Relational Company Cultures In 2023

Nikki Rowe said, “I don’t want to be rich and famous, but I want to die knowing I stood in front of a broken man and gave him one reason to smile again.” I’m convinced that the modern workplace is decidedly people centric. The successful leaders and managers of the future are going to be well-equipped with people skills.

As the onboarding process for most organizations becomes even more data-driven, recruiters are taking a closer look at the backgrounds, workplace relationships, achievements, and overall patterns that may give further indications of the potential inherent in these candidates.

More Companies Large and Small are Mindful of

  • Knowing exactly who and what they’re looking for beforehand

  • That the hybrid model is the future

  • Offering more flexibility with preferable work locations and allowing the candidates to create their daily schedules

  • Creating a more relational people-first organizational culture

A More Love-Driven Leadership May Be On The Horizon. The organizational culture created by love-driven leadership has been duly noted and documented over the years as unsurpassed in creating a healthy work environment. Leaders and managers who genuinely care for their people and want to help them develop their potential are much sought after in our new love-driven business culture.

James A. Autry writes, “Doing business with people means only that we recognize and accept our humanness. It means attention to the human things: illness, death, marriage, and childbirth. It means calls and visits. And it means the willingness not to hide your own humanness behind the manager mask.” (1)

A More Horizontal Approach

By Horizontal, I’m referring to a relational approach to leading and managing styles. The Horizontal approach places emphasis on meeting needs and developing potential. These styles tend to be more fluid in nature, while the new “ladder rungs” speak to higher levels of responsibilities rather than positions.

The Horizontal relational approach to business fosters a more productive, open culture in which all involved may voice their ideas, opinions, and concerns, regardless of titles or seniority.

These structures allow for ease of leader/employee communications and enable mutual respect that makes for more seamless changes with a collective understanding of why certain decisions must be made.

Generational Thinking

Emerging leaders coming up under the relational style of their leaders and managers will have a stronger sense of intuition due to the Horizontal approach of their mentors. These young leaders will look for more intuitive assistants they can develop in areas of their giftedness as well.

This “Horizontal” approach makes working with younger, less experienced protégés a mutually profitable experience because they can respect and learn from one another.

Leading from Love

Leading from love means honoring, protecting, and empowering those who work with you. That allows your team to work without fear of having their mistakes used against them. The positive energy generated by that philosophy is highly contagious.

Love-driven leadership is so effective that it breeds trust and respect unsolicited. How can you not trust and respect a forgiving, inspiring, creative, humble, and empowering leader? Especially when you walk away encouraged every time they teach you something!

In Closing, When I was in my forties, I decided to spend the rest of my life learning how to be a better love-driven leader each year than I was the year before. This meant being intentionally relational with all people all the time. It’s challenging, but the benefits have far outweighed my efforts.

End Notes

(1) Love And Profit (The Art of Caring Leadership) James A. Autry

*** This article was authored by John Picarello, Chief Leadership Officer at Lions Pride Leadership Co. ***

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