2013 Trends in Global Leadership
Every January, the American Diversity Report publishes articles that examine the trends and hopes for the New Year. There are several articles that address 2013 in this issue as well as a compilation of futurist thought by members of our associated LinkedIn group, Global Leaders of the 21st Century. Based on the comments by the group, there was an informal poll of the issues most likely to shape 2013. Voters could choose from 5 categories: 1.) Technology & Education; 2.) Economics & Finance; 3.) Environment & Energy; 4.) Social Unrest & Violence; 5.) Diversity & Inclusion.
The clear winner for the leading issue in 2013 was Category #2) Economics & Finance. However, there was much passion expressed on several of these topics; their comments, predictions and hopes are as follows.
TECHNOLOGY & EDUCATION
There were several comments about the impact of changing technology that can be summed up by this member of the Global Leaders of the 21st Century …
Gonzalo San Gil states, “Free [online] Culture and Free Software should be main Items to follow. They promote for the equality we want for this 21st Century.” Further, he feels that technology & education will shape and include the other 4 categories.
ECONOMICS & FINANCE
The workplace culture will undergo major changes that reflect the major changes in global economics …
Marc Brenman cites shifts around the globe that will increasingly impact Economics: the continued growth of influence of China; Iran's nuclear weapon will continue the upending of the Middle East; continued very slow growth of the US and allied economies with a lack of jobs and manufacturing.
Viviane de Beaufort suggests that "trust" will be a key issue. She advises global leaders to gain legitimacy vis à vis salaried employees by trusting them, “Forget authoritarian management!”
ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY
While this category received zero votes, the comments regarding the Environment & energy illustrated major concerns …
Marc expects that the focus on Environment & Energy will increase in 2013. Climate changes and shortages of fresh water will become growing challenges even as the US becoming a net energy exporter.
Jody Alyn lists climate change and climate justice as among the most pressing issues facing us.
SOCIAL UNREST & VIOLENCE
When asked if the recent shootings, particularly in Newtown, will impact the agenda for global leaders in 2013, the response indicated no lasting implication for global leadership training …
Terry Howard agrees with Marc Brenman who states that, “The memory will fade quickly. And if any good-thinking elected officials try to raise the issue of gun control, they'll be savaged … even as once again, the US is criticized for being brutal, violent, and primitive in morality and social services.”
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
The D&I Comments ranged from global to national ...
Marc Brenman predicts that in the Diversity & Inclusion category, the continued growth of the Latino demographic will be a major factor in the politics and commerce of the United States.
Terry Howard’s comments on inclusion are global & national, “From what I've been observing, advancing LGBT inclusion globally, particularly in countries where there are prohibitive laws and regulations, will remain a challenge. And, although to no lesser a priority, race remains unfinished business in the United States.”
The D&I comments also veered into the area of social action …
Steven Humerickhouse says, “I think there is a convergence occurring between Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate social Responsibility and social justice. I hope it continues.”
Jody Alyn sees a trend from consumption to contribution, at least in the US. “Perhaps it's wishful thinking, however, US philanthropy seems to be on the rise. Young people are engaged in creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues before us. I support an investment in next generations that includes understandings of culture, identity, and interdependence.”
There were numerous comments concerning both the impact of current global leaders and the training of emerging leaders …
Kathleen Curran urges global leaders increase their consciousness of who and what they are and their potentially powerful impact, “I would like this trend to influence a shift in the perception of global leader from one who has worked in different countries, to one who is unafraid of diversity of thinking; expects and welcomes multiple perspectives and considers that phenomenon normal; and whose view of global leadership accountability is to develop the potential of ALL individuals and systems.”
“My WHY for this trend is inspired by the many young, international managers I work with and know in Asia whose "normal" is so ripe for blossoming into what we idealistically strive for. Their awareness of culturally influenced differences is so heightened and they seem so much less burdened by trappings of tradition and status than more senior execs appear to be, that the potential looks huge, hopeful and exciting.”
My thanks to all who contributed to this article. As we move forward into 2013, I share many of the same concerns, hopes and expectations voices by these Global Leaders.
Much of my focus in 2013 will be on our young people and emerging leaders. I predict that there will be a serious scramble by them to acquire a global mindset, to learn cultural competencies, to master cross cultural communication, and to develop skills suitable for an international team. My books, webinars, courses, and other resources will be revamped and re-structured with current technology. Although the pace of change in 2013 may be daunting, but the opportunity for creativity, innovation and global leadership is incalculable.