Now, more than ever, we need wisdom in our community, business, and political leaders. We can no longer sustain the simple dualities of 'pros and cons', 'us and them', 'for or against'. We need a Third System of decision making and we need coaches skilled in the evidence-based practice of coaching for wisdom who can help leaders think in more systemic and more compassionate ways. Our planetary survival may very well depend on it!
What is the most effective leadership style for the disrupted, uberized, digitized, and bitcoined world of the (very) near future? And how do you train leaders for a business environment that isn't yet clear? The mismatch between current leadership development programs and what future leaders will actually need is enormous and widening.
Leadership programs need four components:
Experiential: Neuroscience shows we learn best when our emotional circuits are activated. When it comes to leadership development it's best to start with the heart.
Being a Leader: Leadership is about "being" rather than "doing". Leaders need to work on their inner game, their core values and fearless purpose, before they can hope to inspire others.
Systemic Context: Leadership development is best conducted within the living system of the organization, not in some "parallel universe" that promotes certain mindsets.
Fewer Experts: Perhaps counter-intuitively, leadership trainers need to act more like guides than experts. They need to work skillfully with live group dynamics, and empower participants to take personal risks and push cultural boundaries.
Where can you find a leadership development program with these 4 components? Right here
Leading your own enterprise or someone else's is going to get very complicated in the near future. What's needed is an agile response to challenges and opportunities that involves smart management of capital and compassionate management of people.