Important Skills Of Tomorrow That You Must Keep Your Tabs On
Today, the path to becoming a CEO is quite different, particularly within tech and internet startups. But do you think that the skills required to be the one are the same as ever?
Leaders like to be the smartest people in the room. The problem is, less smart people tend to shut down out of deference or fear. Innovation, risk-taking, and morale take hits. Bad managers never are one of those! Instead, be the reason why they stay. The future of technology, encompassing work, workforce, and workplace seems to be undergoing a huge transformation. This means business leaders need to strategize, design, and collaborate to succeed in this journey.
If you have been working as a software developer, for now, chances are pretty high for you filling the role of tech lead at some point. Perhaps not officially, but most of all will at one time. Overall these years, I have learned that most true tech-leads are nothing but de-facto tech leads and professional in all senses of the word, but without the fancy title. A “tech leader” is a slightly lesser formal title and more about occupying a leadership role in your team. If you are fortunate enough, you may step into this role at the same time, while at other times, the role may be vacant, causing a leadership void. Sometimes, this leadership void can be present even when your team has a designated leader or manager, as too many of us know.
Always know that anyone can be a tech lead, but nobody should be the tech lead all the time, in all situations.
The moment you feel you know everything; stop, take a deep breath, and look around! I am sure you will come to the conclusion where you feel like you have a lot to learn. Going from individual contributor to manager is a huge leap. It is the beginning of a new career. Unfortunately, the technical competency that gets us to our new position can rarely be helpful in becoming good managers or leaders. In such a situation what can be done is to get in touch with a professional coach or an experienced mentor. This won’t save you in terms of time and energy but it will raise the productivity of your team, ultimately leading to success. A lack of training also creates problems which feed into a bad feedback loop: as we lack skilled managers and leaders. This means we, as Juniors, may end up following or learning from the wrong examples that we encounter.
Focus On These Aspects To Stay Ahead Of The Competition
#1 Team Balancing
Any IT environment comprises of a skilled, intelligent, and creative bunch of individuals who work well with each other as well as their clients. Now many of you have this misconception that as a tech leader you have to be smart enough to balance. I say you don’t need to be smart all the time as far as you are able to surround yourself with smart people.
#2 Tune Out The Noise
It is indeed said that teams should be working on things that move the needle. I mean there is no point in offering an environment where workers happen to consume lots and lots of noise each day. Instead, let them focus on the things that impact the business.
It is quite normal to take calculated risks, especially if you wish to succeed as a tech company. So keep experimenting, try new things; some of them might work great whereas others don’t but do not stop marching. Without risk, you can’t grow.
According To Three Top Global Leaders; Here’s What Needs To Be Done!
#1 Esteban Bullrich, Argentinian Minister of Education
“A child today can expect to change jobs at least seven times over the course of their lives – and five of those jobs don’t exist yet.”
This means in order to succeed as a company; soft skills play a crucial role such as teamwork, knowledge of digital tools, an understanding of rules and regulations, responsibility, and commitment.
In Argentina, a revolution is observed in the education system where children are taught all these skills so that they can have a strong foundation. For example, they’ve created neighborhood youth clubs where children can continue learning these skills after the school day is over. They’re also ensuring that each student completes a 200-hour professional practice course, so they can apply all the skills they’re learning to the world of work.
#2 Belinda Parmar, Chief Executive Officer, The Empathy Business
“Companies will be looking for leaders who are able to help them do that – people with a trio of technical, linguistic and mathematical skills, who can make sense of the torrents of information that will continue to emerge.”
With the introduction to the fourth industrial revolution, data seems to have become a driving force as we all have started perceiving the world through data-driven models. Time has come when it has become very hard to see any humanity behind the numbers. Technology thus has the potential to erode our sense of empathy.
#3 Vikas Pota, Chief Executive, Varkey Foundation
“The jobs that even artificial intelligence can’t replace will be those that require strong human character traits. Workers will need empathy – the ability to persuade and to work well with others. They will need a positive attitude – the ability to relearn, go back to college, and adapt to new situations as old skills become obsolete. Thriving in this uncertain world, where careers could change every few years, will also require resilience.”
Over the span of years, a third of the skills the economy will require to change due to automation. Therefore, predicting which “hard skills” children in today’s classrooms will need for jobs they will enter in 15 years is extremely crucial.
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Author: Charles Richard