King & Justus founder Rick Justus says you need to start working on your “soft skills” now, especially if you want to keep your job in the face of exponential technologies.
“Exponential technologies such as A.I. will render many of today’s job obsolete,” Justus told the audience aboard a flight from Nashville to Las Vegas.
Even the tech-savvy must master human-to-human interaction, Justus added. The good news is that this creates an exciting opening for anyone looking to remain relevant.
“The ability to do relationship well not only brings meaning and joy to the human experience,” he said. “It’s the secret to sustainable abundance.”
Justus isn’t the only person making this point, of course. Elon Musk said, “People enjoy, fundamentally, interacting with other people. If you’re working on something that involves people or engineering, it’s probably a good approach.”
When people talk about “soft skills,” it usually means the following:
“In this new exponential era, we must learn, practice, embody, and master these things,” Justus said. “And, people, your people, must be willing to learn.”
Imagine spending 33 years obsessed with leadership, speaking to 10 million people about it, and taking on 21,000 CEO engagements, and then sitting down to write your grand summary of what you’ve learned. Rick and Monique Justus’s latest book The Exponential Leader: The Most Significant Leadership Initiative in History is that.
Every organization suffers from a shortage of leaders while we’re simultaneously experiencing a $3.1 trillion excess management epidemic in America alone. The only way to win at the speed of change is to create a leadership advantage. To do this, you must create a culture of leadership learning. For this to happen, you must have a clear path forward that starts with exact purpose, a mission that includes a latticework of mental models to achieve every level of authentic ambition, and a vision that compels your entire organization to make their greatest contribution.