Good question. While I don't have the gift of psychic abilities (although some have called me "prophetic"), if you held a gun to my head, I'd tell you there are three things that, I believe, stand the test of time.
OK, what did you expect the first one to be? This is a no-brainer. Being able to communicate effectively is, unquestionably, one of the best life skills you can develop, whether now or in the year 3017. Leaders who can masterfully communicate their thoughts, feelings, ideas, concerns and wishes are better equipped to manage or avoid conflict, negotiate win-win scenarios, and increase their ability to collaborate at a high level. I don't see that going away anytime soon, especially now that we're in a digital age and communicate much less face-to-face. Speaking of, here are seven quick tips for masterful communication you can take to the bank!
You want your organization to become high-performing? I have the answer. An overlooked piece of the puzzle is coaching. The bad news, according to one study, is that less than half of organizations surveyed had implemented coaching as a part of their performance management process. For the few that did, you guessed it--high-performing organizations. Let me back this up with an illustration I often use--that of Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. She turned her company around from the brink of collapse by including, as part of the "Popeyes Purpose," monthly coaching sessions for her team. She says it's that important to nurturing, loving and developing the capabilities of her leaders.
Meeting the Needs of People
The best leaders on the planet are driven, but not at the expense of people. They are able to balance results and productivity with tapping into what their people need in order to grow and succeed. This is a higher calling than most people in transactional management styles. Such leaders take a personal interest in the ideas and suggestions of others, encouraging their development and involvement by sharing power and decision-making.
"I love working for my pessimistic leader. He brings out the best in me," said no employee ever. Leaders with a mindset for happiness and optimism will experience tremendous long-term benefits. Brain research by Dr. Wataru Sato of Kyoto University says that when you choose positive behaviors (like meditation), you hold the key to rewiring a part of the brain called the precuneus. Just by changing a daily habit, something as simple as spending 2 minutes per day expressing gratitude, you'll be able to control your sense of well-being, purpose, and happiness. This transfers over to how your team feels about their work. Brilliant.
How about you? What would you add to this list traits that will stand the test of time? Leave me a comment or hit me up on Twitter.