As the world of work continues to evolve, so too does the role of managers. The traditional hierarchical structure of organizations is rapidly giving way to more decentralized and dynamic structures that prioritize agility and adaptability. As a result, the future of management is likely to look very different from the present.

Case in point: You’ve no doubt noticed the growing push towards more distributed leadership. Rather than relying on a single person or group of people to make all the decisions and direct all the work, organizations are increasingly empowering employees at all levels to take on leadership roles and make decisions that impact the business. This approach, known as distributed leadership or shared leadership, enables companies to be more responsive to changing market conditions and better able to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

The future of management will also usher in rising focus on collaboration and teamwork. As enterprises become more decentralized and distributed, managers are going to have to have to need to be skilled at building and maintaining effective teams that can work together seamlessly, regardless of location or time zone. This can’t help but bring in a shift away from traditional command-and-control management styles towards more collaborative and inclusive approaches that prioritize open communication, shared decision-making, and mutual respect.

Technology will (go figure) also play a pivotal role in the future of management. With advances in artificial intelligence, automation, and data analytics, managers will have access to more information and insights than ever before. This will enable them to make more informed decisions, identify opportunities for improvement, and anticipate and mitigate potential risks. At the same time, however, technology will also introduce a host of interesting new dilemmas and hiccups for managers, such as how to balance the need for automation and efficiency with the need for human connection and empathy.

And let’s no forget either – corporate social responsibility will be top of mind going forward too. As consumers become more conscious of the environmental and social impact of the products and services they use, firms will need to prioritize sustainability and social responsibility in order to remain competitive. This effectively demands that managers will have to be knowledgeable about sustainability issues, to develop strategies for reducing their organization’s carbon footprint, and to be accountable for the impact of their decisions on the environment and society as a whole.