Many Americans are already chasing a familiar goal in 2018: getting fit. Weight loss topped the list of resolutions in the recent Marist Poll, with exercise and healthy eating close behind.
If history is any indicator, though, the vast majority of people will fail to follow through and, without realizing it, compromise their leadership effectiveness in the process.
Our most recent column explored the future of work in the United States. In it, experts predict, large-scale employers will dwindle and freelance work will flourish, while a changing economy will require massive investments in retraining. Strong public and private leadership will be crucial for navigating these turbulent times, raising a critical question: What skills will leaders need to succeed in a future where work is radically different from the past?
In his book The New Leadership Literacies: Thriving in a Future of Extreme Disruption and Distributed Everything, published in late 2017, futurist Bob Johansen singles out creating and sustaining positive energy as one of five key leadership skills for the future. Leaders will need to seed realistic hope for a future laced with fear, writes Johansen, a distinguished fellow at Silicon Valleys Institute for the Future, which advises many ...