ABOUT THE SEMINAR
Today we live in a crazy and fractured world – a world filled with surprise, uncertainty, complexity, and abundant divisions. There are great dangers but also tremendous opportunities, and most organisations struggle to figure out how to navigate the confusing terrain, respond to complexity, sustain performance, change fast enough, and get meaningful goals accomplished. Where is the leadership? What kind of leadership is needed?
The reality is that real leadership is needed more than ever – throughout the depth and breadth of an institution and society.
Real leadership is about renaissance thinking, creative action, and enlightened change. More than 500 years ago, after the Black Plague wreaked havoc throughout Europe, a small group of concerned individuals came together in Florence, Italy and thought seriously about how to lift the human spirit, change the human condition, and stimulate individual and social creativity. The outcome was the Italian Renaissance, a period of unprecedented innovation in science, art, technology, and governance.
COVID-19 has challenged us in so many ways and continues to do so. This is a unique time to rethink fundamental values, generate new aspirations, and build the leadership capacity needed to address tough problems and turn dreams into reality. Indeed, these difficult times, with the right leadership, can seed the emergence of a new renaissance!
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
By the end of the seminar, participants will learn:
- A new way to think about leadership and change that is appropriate in a world of uncertainty and complexity.
- The core competencies of real leadership, and how not to succumb to counterfeit leadership.
- The diagnostic work of real leadership: Distinguishing adaptive challenges from technical challenges.
- Intervention and mobilization skills for engaging others across boundaries in learning, problem-solving, and change.
- Managing resistance, sabotage, and subversion: Reorienting people to focus on the adaptive work of problem-solving, innovation, and change.
- The artistry of leadership: The role of imagination, exploration, and experimentation.
- The personal work of managing the self as an instrument of power, that includes increasing in mental complexity and wisdom.
- Staying alive in mind, body, and spirit when dealing with the demands of leadership and change; and leading with purpose and possibility.