The Top 8 Leadership Trends of 2024: #8 Envisioning (Thinking Like a Futurist)

Jacob Morgan
3 min readMay 31, 2024


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The concept of “thinking like a futurist” is increasingly vital for leaders aiming to navigate their organizations through the uncertainties of the 21st century. This approach involves anticipating future trends, challenges, and opportunities, and preparing strategically to meet them head-on. It’s about looking beyond the immediate horizon to envision what could lie ahead, using insights from current trends and historical data to make informed predictions about the future of industries, technologies, and societal shifts.

Leaders have traditionally embraced a linear style of thinking, where they pick a single path and stick to that path at all costs.

To think like a futurist, leaders must cultivate a mindset of curiosity and openness, constantly questioning assumptions and considering a wide range of possible futures. This involves staying informed about advancements in technology, changes in consumer behavior, and global economic and political trends. Leaders must also encourage innovation and experimentation within their organizations, creating a culture where ideas are freely exchanged, and failure is seen as a step towards learning and growth.

Embracing the mindset of thinking like a futurist is not just about predicting the future; it’s about preparing for it. This approach demands a proactive stance from leaders, requiring them to look beyond the present and anticipate the long-term implications of today’s trends and technologies. By expanding their perspective and considering a broad spectrum of potential futures, leaders can develop strategies that are both flexible and forward-looking, ensuring their organizations are resilient in the face of change and poised to seize new opportunities.

By fostering a forward-looking, innovative, and collaborative culture, leaders can equip their organizations to thrive in an uncertain future, turning potential challenges into opportunities for growth and innovation.

What you should do:

  • Ask yourself four questions when making strategic business decisions:Why might something happen? What else might happen? What are some of the factors that will influence or impact why something will or will not happen? What do you want to actually happen?
  • Use the cone of possibilities framework above as a way to think above various scenarios and possibilities for the future.

Leadership is changing dramatically and there are 8 trends you need to know about if you want to lead effectively in 2024 and beyond. I put together a PDF that not only walks you through what these 8 trends are, but it also gives you action items for each one. This will be an invaluable resource for your leadership journey in 2024 and beyond. Click to download the free pdf!



Jacob Morgan

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