Globalisation is having a profound effect on the style of leadership required in creative organisations. The introduction of new technologies, growing cross-cultural diversity and changes in the purpose of younger workforces are just some of the interdisciplinary effects forcing us to rethink what effective leadership will look like in the next five years. Many leadership experts have already theorised the key mindsets that will define future leadership, along with the important skills and competencies to support them. However, there is little research regarding how these mindsets can be encouraged within younger generations. Original data was collected in the form of an extensive questionnaire. The aim is to understand participant’s thoughts and feelings surrounding defining leadership, whether future leadership would change and whether education could play a role in fostering future talent. This data allowed for statistical and content analysis. Although experts identified key areas for improvement in terms of future leadership competencies, such as having a global outlook, being collaborative and thinking outside of the box, participants failed to recognise the importance of factors outside of today’s requirements. The ability to engage with technology and be consumer-focused were just two of the mindsets the participants failed to identify as critical to future leadership, despite the testimonies of leadership experts. However, the findings did support the theory that education is an effective tool for fostering leadership talent within our future graduates, especially when this education is focused on future thinking.
Student, PhD Candidate, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom
LEADERSHIP, FUTURE, MINDSET, DESIGN THINKING, COMPETENCY, INNOVATION, GLOBAL THINKING, EDUCATION