Future Fit Leaders

My guest on this Soft Skills for Leaders Podcast episode is Gihan Perera.

Gihan Perera is a futurist, conference speaker, online presenter, and author who shows people how to be fit for the future in a fast-changing world.

For more than 25 years, he has worked with organisations and leaders throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and North America – helping them to thrive in a fast-changing world. He runs masterclasses and coaching programs to help leaders become future fit.

He is the author of Disrupted, Disruption By Design, The Future of Leadership, and ten other books.

We chat about the essential topic of how leaders can lead in today’s workplace and be ready for the uncertainty of the future. Leaders can adapt by bringing the best from the past and to the future and learning new ways of working and leading. Future fit leaders are the leaders we need to the work of today.


What do future fit leaders do differently?

Talking Points

  • The meaning of being fit for the future.
  • The challenges leaders face post-pandemic, in the period of crisis management and growth.
  • The similarities between disruption and innovation.
  • The five key differences between teams that are aligned with the past with those that are fit for the future.
  • The best workplaces on earth and what the Harvard study showed us.
  • The payoff to diversity and how we need diverse thinking to solve the world’s problems.
  • The ageing workforce and the value of younger and older people working together.
  • Engagement vs meaning and how an organisation may have a purpose aligned with people’s values to optimise engagement.
  • Leadership in the age of Artificial Intelligence and how AI can help by accelerating the experience curve.
  • Automation of jobs and the skills of the future.
  • The two questions that Gihan is most asked when he speaks at conferences.
  • The importance of receiving feedback.


Links to other soft skills for leaders podcast episodes

 Head & Heart Leadership

 Well-Being of Teams

Connect with Gihan Perera






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