The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued. -Ken Robinson
As the workplace fast becomes more digital, collaborative and agile, the traditional models of doing business are falling by the wayside as more and more companies are looking to combine technology and culture to form and ‘inform’ the bleeding edge in business. Where these two areas were previously kept seperate, the digital age has ushered in a level of connectivity never experienced before, allowing for both unprecedented growth and innovation, as well as potential pitfalls. The new generation of employee-leaders have new expectations, and the workplace, particularly in tech, is hungry to learn and absorb a new cultural norm of honor, character and integrity interwoven with excellence and technical skill.
“The world is changing how it works on a near daily basis. There’s a new generation of workers with different expectations and cultural norms. Business is more global, real-time and connected. Security challenges are enormous, and compliance and privacy are only getting more complex,” said Aaron Levie, CEO and cofounder of Box (a cloud content management firm). “Given these tectonic shifts, it’s incredibly important to bring creative leaders together to rethink how businesses can securely embrace the digital age.”
No longer is company culture only what you can produce and what you can get “right”. Excellence still has its place in bringing product to market; and the future of work is finally looking at the whole picture, asking not just what can business get out of its workforce, but also what does the workforce actually need, and how can business leaders demonstrate value for this in the very models through which they do business.
“People, not just technology, will define the future of work. Understanding their changing needs, expectations and demands is critical to building what the future of work will look like,” said Julien Cordorniou, Vice President, Workplace by Facebook.
So what can an employee-leader filled with the Holy Spirit bring to this table? They can bring the kingdom in both their technical and soft skills. By grasping Kingdom culture and living it, an employee-leader becomes instrumental not only in building a product, but also in building a people and shifting a culture. Stop and think for a moment about every experience you’ve ever had with a manager, boss or co-worker in the past. What if you had the opportunity to push a rewind button and change those experiences that were less than ideal? Now what if someone offered you the opportunity to change those experiences for yourself in the future, and not just yourself, but your friends, your kids even?
This is the gate that has been opened for those who wish to take it. By stepping out with a foundation of the Kingdom, a foundation of technical skill and a passion and love for people, a ‘new-collar’ employee-leader can and will change the way the world does business, simply by living and working FROM their identity, not FOR it. All across the globe, new opportunities and new doors are opening. A world that is dear to the heart of the One who orchestrated the code that holds the very universe together, eagerly awaits the arrival of those who can not only show up in excellence of skill, but as a favored people who above all else, put on love first.