Any preparation that considers only the events of yesterday and today is not good enough. Leaders think ahead and plan for medium term (1 – 3 years) and long term (10 – 20 years). For a future oriented leader, they must be able to show their plans in the immediate, medium term and long term.

In planning for tomorrow, a leader builds a future looking workforce/teams. Going to the future is not a lone journey if impact must be high. It is a journey requiring the participation of team members with their focus on how to gain influence and position in the future. In the future, technology savvy people will gain greater advantage.

The workforce must be multi-skilled and multifaceted, who are good at doing several things. In the past, people generalized because knowledge (or those who knew) was scarce. Today, people specialize because many individuals know other things. Soon, people will have to return to specializing in more than one area because of the fear of robots. This is because robots or machines are beginning to take over the roles of people who can perform a single function. Rather than being a specialist in a thing, future leaders must be specialist in several areas to remain relevant.

 

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