By Linda Fisher Thornton
In a recent post, I acknowledged that “leaders face information overload, globalization and increasing complexity. And they hold the key to your organization’s future. Make it a priority to help them be ready.”
How can we prepare leaders to succeed in a socially and globally connected world? What are the strategies that will help them handle a wide variety of unpredictable situations while making ethical choices?
There are specific strategies that will help your leadership team prepare for the future. Organizations employing these strategies will help leaders S-T-R-E-T-C-H to stay on top of changing expectations.
BE CLEAR – KEEP IT RELEVANT – GROUND LEARNING IN ETHICAL VALUES
To prepare leaders to make confident values-based choices, leadership development needs to be clear and based on positive ethical values. To make it worth the time spent participating, every aspect must be relevant to meeting their current challenges.
EMBRACE COMPLEXITY – HONOR LEARNING TRENDS – USE A GROWTH MINDSET
Leaders need support as they learn to embrace complexity (and seek meaning in an age of information overload).We will need to use a growth mindset, letting leaders know that we understand that learning to lead responsibly is a lifelong journey. We will need to honor learning trends and acknowledge that in many cases, leaders can be the architects of their own learning.
BUILD TRUST – WELCOME OPEN DIALOGUE
Welcoming open dialogue about any aspect of leadership will help leaders feel comfortable asking questions. If we are going to make responsible leadership a way of life in our organization, we will also need to help them steep their leadership in mutual trust – which includes trusting others and being a trustworthy leader.
THINK AHEAD – PREPARE THEM FOR “LEADERSHIP FUTURE”
If we prepare leaders to handle today’s problems, that doesn’t mean they will be ready to handle the problems of tomorrow. The solution? Aim well ahead of the curve of change, to where the field of leadership is headed.
Leaders need a strong infrastructure grounded in ethical values and lots of opportunities for learning and conversation. With the pace of change accelerating, how does leadership development need to change? We must prepare leaders for where they’re going to be (not just where they are now) and help them stay competent in a rapidly changing world.
Changing Ethical Leadership Expectations
16 Trends Shaping the Future of Ethical Leadership.
11 Paths to Ethical Leadership Competence
Prepare Your Leaders For Ethical Leadership Future – Help Them Learn To See Through The 7 Lenses.
Includes case examples and questions.
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