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The Third Wave: The Future of Leadership Development

Posted by Martine Plompen in Research , Network news

Created on Thu 21 August 2014 22:00

And tagged with: research , learning , leadership development


pivot logoToday’s world requires leaders who have more authenticity, better agility and a stronger sense of agency. This brilliant white paper provides a framework on how to prepare leaders for what is needed in this new world.

Authors Sullivan, Philpot and Meeks underline that the "Third Wave" approach means stepping out of your comfort zone, but their experience indicates that rewards tend to match the risks. Pivot Leadership is a strategic leadership boutique that partners with Fortune 500 executives to help them lead, innovate, and adapt to volatile markets and changing industries.

This white paper focuses on redefining leadership development around five key dimensions:

  • Ideology: Bringing the hard and soft sciences together, future leaders must be able to integrate both the hard and soft aspects of leadership.
  • Focus: From personality to purpose, in the sense of the strongly felt responsibility that a leader has for taking action even in the face of risk, conflict and uncertainty.
  • Participants: From clean fish to clean tanks, in terms of cultivating the system within which leadership is exercised: learning becomes embedded, operationalised and intertwined with change.
  • Technique: From application to immersion in the sense of extensive and intense exposure of leaders to the natural settings in which leadership is actually excercised.
  • Outcome: The three A’s: Agency, Authenticity and Agility, which means going beyond knowledge, skills and competencies.

Pivot coverImplications for Practice

Pivot Leadership experts focus on five critical design principles, each derived from the dimensions described above:

Ideology: Putting disruption in the foreground: By addressing competitive threats, changing customer needs, and how the business must reinvent itself, leaders will develop an integrated perspective on their business.

Focus: Discovering purpose: Leadership development should address a person’s intellectual and emotional capacity in an integrated way.

Participants: Bringing the ecosystem into the room: The best method for teaching “enterprise thinking” is to include customers, partners, and key stakeholders as part of the live learning experience.

Technique: Using immersion to stimulate visceral learning: The real work of a leadership development is to help participants figure out things for themselves.

Outcome: Developing agency, authenticity and agility: The output of leadership development should be about changing mindsets, the quality of dialogue leaders have, their sense of responsibility and their sense of purpose.

If you are interested in more details, this 15-page white paper can be downloaded for free from the Pivot Leadership website that has more information on other publications and their expertise.

Perhaps you are also interested in the EFMD Excellence in Practice "EiP" Awards. EIP recognise outstanding and impactful Learning & Development (L&D) partnerships in the domains of Leadership, Professional, Talent and Organisation Development. The L&D initiative described in the case can be deployed by an organisation either together with its in-house Learning & Development unit or with external L&D providers, such as a business school or executive education center. This Special Supplement of Global Focus features the winners and highly commended entries of the 2013 EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards and covers Group Danone & London Business School, ATOS & HEC Paris, Danske Bank Sweden & Stockholm School of Econimics, IFL, EDF & Toulouse School of Econimics and Galician Automotive Cluster & CEAGA's corporate university.