5th February 2020

In 2020, are we really that different?

People are People

I have been talking a lot recently about how leadership in 2020 needs to be fundamentally different than what it was a decade or two ago. And I genuinely believe that to be the case.

I believe that leadership needs to be different for a number of reasons. In the third decade of the twenty first century people now have more choice than they have ever had and they want to exercise that choice. We are no longer prepared to put up with what we are given. We will channel hop, tariff hop, relationship hop and job hop. We also have higher expectations.

For the first time in our history and driven by the rapid rate of change it is possible that any workforce today will contain up to five distinctly identifiable generations. Each of which has differing values and drivers. Therefore, if nothing else, the leader of 2020 needs to be more flexible and more adaptable.

The World of 2020

At a recent seminar someone made the point that, at their core, people are the same as they have ever been and I agreed with him. Is that a contradiction? I don’t necessarily think so. I think what has changed is the context. The world of 2020 is very different to the world of 2000 or 1990, thus changing the way people may show up in the world. At its Core our humanness still seeks, love, dignity and compassion in the same way that it has always done and a really effective leader will be able to find a way to connect with that humanness in everyone she leads, irrespective of their individual contexts and frames.


The role of any leader is to elevate the people around them. The more leaders we can develop the more we will all develop. Developing effective, moral values driven and authentic leaders will ultimately change the world for the better.

Over the next few weeks in this blog and in my 2020 seminars I will be examining what it means to be a successful and smart leader. Our Free seminars begin again on January 28th . Why not come along? It’s never too late to make a start to become the leader your organisation needs you to be.