What will be the Hot Leadership Topics of 2019

By | January 1, 2019

[January 1, 2019]  Each year I take a little time to gaze into the murky crystal ball of the future and attempt to predict what hot leadership topics will be available for us to discuss.  Why should I do this prediction thing, even when those prognostications turn out to be wrong?  Well, I get to put my thinking cap on and, besides, predicting the future is a lot of fun and educational.

“It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world so simply that any individual can own and operate his own apparatus.”- Nikola Tesla, famed Serbian American engineer and inventor, in 1909

Don’t you just love Nikola Tesla?  He was so right about so many things.

I’ll be using the categories I established in 2017.  And as usual, I will only list the top three items in each category.

Politics and Diplomacy:

  1. The rise of China and Russia as a political, economic, and military power, and as a spoiler
  2. The rise of Western “liberalism” and the gridlock it entails
  3. Islamic Terrorism and how to undermine it without appearing Islamophobic

Economics and Business:

  1. The decline of the United Nations; its ineffectiveness, corruption, and for embracing an anti-Western stance
  2. Continued worsening of economic conditions among failed nation states and spin-off wars
  3. Climate change and the debate over the cost and its real scientific foundations


  1. The impact of technology on terrorist methodologies and the prevention of black swan events
  2. Increasing lethality of weapon systems and the moral dilemma it supposes
  3. Ethical and proper use of military forces, as well as, reevaluating age-old alliances

Societal Issues:

  1. Increasing introspection on race, gender, and religious affiliation
  2. Political correctness and its corrosive effect on society
  3. The continued decline of religion, the family, formal education, and other societal supporting institutions

… and here are a few that I don’t believe will be as big an issued but important:

  • The rise of the ideology of Socialism (and its variants)
  • The explosion of advanced technology (e.g., deepfake videos) and its legal and ethical implications
  • The rise and fall of the media; captivation of its techniques and loss of investors
  • Increased use of violence to achieve political ends
Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article everyday on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

26 thoughts on “What will be the Hot Leadership Topics of 2019

  1. Doc Blackshear

    I predict one topic that is probably going to metastasize itself in this new year is the abominable failure of our advanced educational system.

  2. Kenny Foster

    Reading this blog in the morning is my way of getting started on my day. Thanks for a great 2018 and I’m looking forward to a better 2019.

  3. Max Foster

    If you are trying to do macro predictions on what leadership topics will be about, “leadership failure” will always be one to study. I think that’s a great idea because we learn just a much from successes as we do from failures. Why? Easy, lessons come from any point where people are getting things done. I’ll be looking for those lessons anywhere I can find them.

    1. Tracey Brockman

      Thanks Max, you are spot on again with your comments. Leadership failure should be the focus of us in 2019. At least, that is, for those of us interested in learning more.

    1. Dale Paul Fox

      You know what’s interesting? We are in the 10th day of a federal government shutdown and I haven’t even noticed.

    2. Albert Ayer

      The media folks must have been drunk because they haven’t printed much. No one else really cares that the US govt has shut down.

  4. Ed Berkmeister

    If you’re reading this and you live in the US or anywhere in North, Central, South America, then you probably didn’t stay up late last night to see the new year come in. And, you probably don’t have a hangover.
    Me? I went to bed early. I’ve seen too many balls drop in Manhattan New York to be excited about midnight on any night.
    Any way! Happy New Year.

  5. Eric Coda

    I can’t wait for Gen. Satterfield’s New Year Resolutions.
    My first one is to buy more guns and practice shooting. That way, the crazy liberals won’t be taking my guns.

    1. Mike Baker

      Eric, stop being so funny so early in the morning. I nearly squirted my morning cereal through my nose. Next time, I’ll eat before I read.

    2. Maureen S. Sullivan

      LOL … laugh out loud or is it lots of luck?

  6. Andrew Dooley

    Welcome to 2019. Gen Satterfield’s predictions are rather interesting and are, of course, high-level stuff. Perhaps we could get some more specifics like, “Hillary will run for president again.”

    1. Len Jakosky

      Good point, socialists and communists in the US are gaining momentum. They say they are “compassionate” and are therefore on the moral high ground. I guess no one ever heard of Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Liberals give people fish. Real leaders teach them to fish.

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