With the Fourth Industrial Revolution changing the way we work and live and a new generation entering the workforce, we must redefine what it means to be a leader.
The new generation who is joining the job market for the first time is very different from the baby boomers or even the millennials. They care more about having a sense of purpose and having a positive impact on society and the environment.
According to the most recent Global Shapers Survey report, which featured the views of 30,000 people aged 18 to 35, young people feel that they are perceived as lazy, impatient and entitled and, as they are known as the “job-hopping generation,” care little for work. The data, however, shows a different picture: the top two most important criteria for young people when considering job opportunities are “salary/financial compensation” (49.3%) and “sense of purpose/impact on society” (40.6%).
Youth’s desire to contribute to improve the state of the world will have to be matched with leaders who are capable of dealing with VUCA: volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.