By Linda Fisher Thornton
The recent post “It’s Not About Us” set a new daily record for the most views on the Leading in Context Blog. It described how our understanding of leadership has moved beyond a focus on the leader to a focus on creating shared value for others.
In a human development sense, our understanding of leadership has essentially “grown up” and moved past personal ego and a self-centered view of things.
This week, I want to share how the trends in our understanding of leadership are changing the fiber of what successful leadership looks like in organizations. If our organizations are not yet ready to respond to them, these trends should become our top priorities for leadership development.
5 Leadership Development Priorities
1. Progressing from compliance-based ethics to values-based ethics.
TEACHING THE BEHAVIORS WE WANT, NOT THE ONES THAT WILL BE PUNISHED
2. Getting comfortable with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (V.U.C.A.).
PRACTICING WITH COMPLEX PROBLEMS IN REAL TIME USING V.U.C.A. STRATEGIES
3. Thinking like global citizens in a world of connecting systems.
MANAGING ETHICS UP AND DOWN THE SUPPLY CHAIN, UNDERSTANDING SYSTEMS, APPLYING THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE AND THINKING LONG TERM
4. Embracing the responsibilities that come with leadership.
GOING BEYOND THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE, HONORING SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY
5. Embracing the opportunities that come with leadership.
CHANGING LIVES, IMPROVING COMMUNITIES,MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD
While these 5 leadership development priorities may seem challenging, the good news is that by addressing them proactively we will also be enabling the overall success of our organizations.
Leading with values and taking responsibility broadly helps us adapt
The clarity we find in leading with positive values makes decision-making easier, and helps us adapt to the rising expectations in a global marketplace. We are no longer buffeted by every small change in the law, because we are aiming at a much higher level, the level of human values.
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