There have been many studies that indicate employee engagement — a measure of bringing one's best and full self to work — is not just a fluffy nicety.
The environment in which organizations do business has changed, and it continues to change with increasing rapidity. This means that leaders themselves must possess a different and much wider set of skills than in the past—with a far greater emphasis on adaptivity and the ability to embrace, understand and respond to VUCA – Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.
Right person in the right seat. This metaphor from Jim Collins’ now famous book "Good to Great” talks about your company as a bus and you as the bus driver. The bus is at a standstill and you need to get it moving in the right direction. This metaphor begs two key questions – “How do you know if a person is the right person to have on the bus?” and more importantly, in the self-driving bus of 2018, “How do I know I even have the right seats on my bus?”
Leaders and change go together, because change is what leaders are there for. Otherwise the organization can just be endlessly "managed," because yesterday's practices could simply be replicated. But conditions change and yesterday's ways of doing things no longer fit today's conditions. They require change.