This content was taken from our latest eBook: ‘The Future of Work: Insights from our global Engagement 101 Influencers’. To download the eBook in full. simply click here.

Chester Elton & Adrian Gostick

Partner, Founder

The Culture Works

Our hope for the future of work: The old-school leader will finally fade into obscurity.

But he’s not going out without a fight.

Exactly no one thinks they act like an old-school manager, and yet they are everywhere. Don’t believe us? Consider Harvey Weinstein, who until just a few years ago was the most powerful voice in Hollywood. Weinstein reportedly hoarded power, dominated others and lead through a bullish personality—even able to cover up decades of alleged sexual harassment.

How, in our modern-day, could a manager like that flourish? Because we’ve got a long way to go.

For more than two decades now, the two of us have studied workplace cultures and employee engagement, surveying more than 1 million working adults around the world. What we are seeing is the slow emergence of new-school leaders, those who are able to tap the potential and passion of their people by valuing those in their care.

A leader’s ability to connect people and connect with their people has never been more important. While we are linked by technology 24/7, we have never felt more alone. A recent poll from YouGov finds 30 per cent of millennials say they feel lonely, and 22 per cent say they have zero friends. Stress, burnout and disengagement are also at all-time highs. No surprise then that an employee’s relationship with his or her immediate supervisor can have such an impact on not only engagement but overall life happiness.

The way we care for each other at work will be the defining difference for organizations that don’t just attract great talent but retain those people and get their best efforts.

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This content was taken from our latest eBook: ‘The Future of Work: Insights from our global Engagement 101 Influencers’. To download the eBook in full. simply click here.