The working world is moving at such a fast pace, that managers have a hard time staying abreast of all the new trends.
From millennials entering the workforce, technological advances that have led to globalisation and artificial intelligence, it’s vital to look ahead and anticipate the skills you will need in the next 5-10 years to stay competitive in your field.
Here are 5 skills ALL managers will need in 2025:
The newest employees to enter the job field, millennials specifically, are not satisfied with a manager that simply wants to tell them what to do.
Instead, they want to feel like they are a part of a team so they can be truly invested in the success of their company.
As such, they want to know that they have the decision making power to make true changes in their teams.
This requires managers to be up-to-date on collaboration software and tools so that employees, regardless of rank, can work on projects together.
Emotional Intelligence (EI)
Emotional intelligence has not been a sought-after skill for managers in times past, but that is no longer the case.
By 2025, emotional intelligence will be a mandatory skill that all leaders must possess.
This does not only involve the ability to be in charge of one’s own emotions, show empathy and kindness to staff, but also the skill of reading emotions in others and adjusting communication styles based on that.
Understanding of Soft Skills
In the past, managers have evaluated candidates based on their hard skills—measurable capabilities that apply to the field.
However, times have called for different measures, and employees are demanding a positive corporate culture, which can only be accomplished with like-minded individuals.
As such, managers must be able to evaluate soft skills, such as decision-making abilities, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, communication styles, etc.
That is the only way they can make good hiring decisions and form high-performing teams.
Millennials are not okay with being kept in the dark when it comes to their own jobs.
Managers of the future must be able and willing to be transparent with their colleagues to ensure a positive working environment.
This requires the ability to work with their subordinates to fix problems inside the office, rather than hiding it from them.
Understanding of Different Cultures
Not only is the U.K. known for being a cultural melting pot, globalisation and technical advances have made it possible to work with people from all walks of life.
As such, managers need to have a good understanding of different cultures, and the ability to help employees overcome cultural differences to work together productively.
“Managers will need to learn to use their flex side in a concept called cultural code-switching, being able to blend with a culture as needed, and even engage in behaviours that may conflict with the culture they grew up with,” a source states.
Senior Management Trainer and Consultant
Originally published: 10 April, 2018