Leaders are reinventing themselves. Global markets, long distance responsibilities and distributed teams are demanding new leadership workstyles, as well as new kinds of workplaces—places where performance and flexibility support leaders’ needs for hardworking interactions and meaningful exchanges.
“Today’s leaders spend less time alone in their office and more time interacting with team members,” explains Patricia Kammer, a Steelcase WorkSpace Futures researcher who has explored the changing workstyles of business leaders.
“A private office is not only a refuge and a place for focused individual work. It’s also a place where leaders need to make their thinking visible as they interact with colleagues in scheduled and spontaneous encounters.
“Many leaders are now highly mobile, leading widely distributed teams, so these interactions often take place outside the private office, and they’re just as important as work that happens inside the office.” While high-performing leaders have learned to make almost any setting a temporary workplace, from airports to taxis, cafés and hotels, these compromised work sites vividly demonstrate the value of an office that actively supports new leader workstyles.
With greater design flexibility and technology integration, Steelcase’s Elective Elements® has expanded to meet these diverse and demanding workstyles. Whether used in a private office or to support the growing trend of executives who choose to work in open plan, Elective Elements offers user-centered support for today’s professionals, maximizing their ability to think creatively, interact productively and lead effectively.