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Leadership trends are changing in 2021 to accommodate for many of the socio-economic changes brought on in 2020, such as the move to remote work after the outbreak of the pandemic.

Leadership is adjusting to the latest technology and the demands of the new generation of workers. These shifts also present new opportunities for those leaders who are willing to embrace change.

This article takes a look at some of the most significant leadership trends this year and what they could mean in the coming years.

A Shift to Remote Work

With the ever-changing nature of technology and how businesses operate today, remote teams are becoming more and more common. However, the shift to remote work is not without its challenges.

The world has changed since the pandemic. We now live in a digital age where work can be done remotely, and people are encouraged to work outside traditional workplace structures.

This trend has greatly increased the ability of individuals to work independently of direct supervision, but remote work also creates isolation and weakens the interactive bonds that team members once enjoyed. If leaders can effectively deal with those challenges they will have a much easier time building their companies.

A Time for Agility, Collaboration, and Coaching

The future of leadership includes an ability to learn new ways of keeping up with technological and cultural changes. It’s necessary for leaders to enhance skillsets, focus on collaboration, and understanding how to create an environment that fosters creativity.

Some emerging trends in 2021 include:

* Leading with agility: Leadership in the second decade of the 21st century is now more of a collaborative effort and the modern leader must be agile by being able to adapt quickly. This challenge requires leaders to be more open-minded and flexible than ever before.

* Collaboration: Leaders must encourage a culture of collaboration across different levels of the organization in order for the team to grow its capacity for innovation.

* Coaching: The new generation of leaders is more interested in helping employees with their personal development rather than holding them accountable for their performance. These leaders focus on coaching people instead of micro-managing behaviors.


The pandemic that broke out in 2020 has been the biggest driver of leadership change. It exposed how leadership is no longer the sole domain of those who have been groomed in hierarchical corporate settings. People are now looking for leaders, not just CEOs, for people with experience, vision, and expertise that go beyond conventional leadership and more into areas such as technology, remote work, and even corporate decentralization.

Companies are shifting their focus from traditional models of leadership to what management experts call transformational leaders — people who combine leadership skills with their particular expertise to deliver value in a rapidly changing world.