Leadership Trends You Must Know: Pace Of Change

Jacob Morgan
3 min readNov 7, 2021

How and why is leadership changing and what does it take to be a successful leader?

To answer this question I spoke with over 140 CEOs around the world from organizations like Best Buy, Accor, Oracle, Verizon, KPMG, Unilever, Audi, and many others.

These CEOs collectively identified 6 trends which are shaping leadership, both today and in the future. If you want to download a copy of the PDF which features all 6 of these trends you can do that here.

Going hand in hand with AI and technology is the overall pace of change.

While things used to evolve more slowly, we’re seeing how we live and work changing at a breakneck pace. That means trends cycle through much more quickly and products and ideas don’t stay relevant for long.

Organizations have to constantly be looking forward and evolving or they run the risk of getting left behind.

And for as fast as it is now, the pace of change is only going to increase. Leaders must lean in and set the tone for their employees to embrace change instead of fearing it.

Future leaders need to be agile, easily adaptable, and comfortable challenging the status quo. It’s the leaders who are willing to take risks and be the change that will lead their companies to the greatest success.

What you can do now:

  • Experiment and test ideas frequently, both for yourself and your team. Constantly look for new and better ways of doing things so you can get in the habit of continual evolution instead of staying stuck in your ways.
  • Don’t let fear guide your decision-making. Embrace uncertainty.
  • Pay attention to trends impacting your industry, your company, and your career.

“The pace of change today is slower than it will ever be again. If you look at it from that perspective, you realize that there is very little time to learn about, acclimate to, and promulgate amongst your people, friends, and new processes and new ways of doing things. That puts a lot more pressure on leadership than we’ve ever seen before. The role of leadership is much more focused on what is coming and getting people throughout the organization to change the paradigm and change it constantly.” Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises

“When the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric

There are 6 trends that are transforming leadership forever do you know what they are and are you ready for them? Download the PDF to learn what these 6 trends are and what you should be doing about each one of them. These are crucial for your leadership and career development in the future of work!




Jacob Morgan

4x Best-Selling Author, Speaker, & Futurist. Founder of FutureOfWorkUniversity.com. Exploring Leadership, Employee Experience, & The Future of Work