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Human resources professionals today are faced with information on dozens of major workplace trends and expected to prioritize them appropriately, develop an HR strategy to respond, and then execute it for the benefit of the organization. This is no easy task – and it is not getting any easier. The next decade will undoubtedly bring major change to how businesses are structured, how they are led, and how these changes affect employees and shape their experiences. The most pressing concerns will vary from company to company. However, three trends – women in the workplace, increased focus on employee empowerment, and the importance of internal branding – are sweeping trends for all organizations to consider. These trends will affect the performance evaluation and leadership development areas of HR in the next ten years. A sharp focus on transformational leadership and corresponding balanced performance evaluation systems will be needed to respond effectively.


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Tuuk, E. (2012, May 5). Transformational leadership in the coming decade: a response to three major workplace trends. Cornell HR Review. Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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