Can you pinpoint the moment you stopped thinking that things would go back to the way they were before COVID? We’ve all had to accept that things have changed, and as yet, we don’t know what the future will look like. 2020 was a year that tested every ones’ resilience, both in our personal lives and in the business world. So far, 2021 has been no improvement on last year, and we’ll need good leadership more than ever. But what skills do you think will make a good leader in 2021?

2021 Key Skills:

With a third lockdown and adjusting to post Brexit regulations, change will continue to be a significant feature this year. Leaders are likely to rely on soft skills to support and guide their people as adapting to change continues. Skills such as empathy, resilience, and stress tolerance were of key importance to managers, and these will be still be needed alongside the skills of critical thinking and problem solving.

Does Existing Training Have the Right Focus?

However, many leadership development programmes that were designed when most of us were office based don’t have a strong focus on the soft skills that leaders now need.

Why Leaders Need Training:

It is recognised that the pandemic has accelerated changes in the business world that were already happening: technology adoption, automation, loss of routine manual jobs, etc. The WEF Future of Jobs Report 2020 has indicated that companies expect that up to 40% of workers will require upskilling or reskilling to create a workforce fit for the evolving business world.

Additionally, to the technological and data-driven changes, many organisations will continue to have a significant part of their workforce working from home (WFH). So the challenges for leaders are not only of managing change but also ensuring their employees have the tools and skills to be productive. To achieve this, leaders and future leaders must themselves be equipped with the right skills.

How We Can Help:

Learning Software Ltd offers digital learning solutions to help organisations ensure their people have the knowledge and skills they need. Take a look at our business book summaries and off the shelf elearning, and contact us for more information.