Leading Ethically Through Complexity: How to Prepare Leaders
April 18, 2012 6 Comments
The Leader of the Future
In response to the post “Business Leader Future: A Sketch” Graham posted a question about how we can support leaders who are learning to lead in the ways described in that post. It seemed difficult for some readers to imagine a single leader being able to handle complexity so responsibly in a fast-paced global business arena. One reader described the leader in the sketch as a “saint.”
How to Help Leaders Prepare to Handle Complexity
I spent some time thinking about what Senior Leaders and leadership development professionals can do to be sure that their leaders are learning the kind of leadership that is in such high demand now, and will be essential for success in the future.
My list of “10 Practical Ways to Help Leaders Lead Ethically Through Complexity” is below. What would you add?
10 Practical Ways to Help Leaders Lead Ethically Through Complexity
1. Help them learn to embrace complexity
2. Help them learn to respect others
3. Help them learn to respect differences
4. Help them learn to respect the environment
5. Help them understand global trends
6. Help them understand their ethical responsibilities
7. Help them learn to think like a global leader
8. Help them understand the importance of learning and adapting
9. Help them understand the importance of service to others and society
10. Help them embrace social media and socially connected learning
About the Author Linda Fisher Thornton is CEO/Owner of Leading in Context, a consulting firm that also publishes leadership development modules, graphics, case studies, discussion guides and videos. Her mission is to clarify what it means to lead ethically in a complex world. Linda is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Leadership for the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies.
Her recent publications are a Leading in Context™ Video “The Evolving Leadership Context: Respectful Workplaces” (view on Leading in Context’s YouTube Channel) and a Respecting Differences Training Module (See the Free Preview) “Ethical Implications of How Leaders Perceive ‘Different.’”