Leadership-Framing The Leadership For The Future

The new and emerging normal indicate that business as usual is no longer an option. Leadership is for the many. Leading in an uncertain environment has raised the importance and impact of personal development. The taste of the pudding is in the eating – what can be achieved by adopting and implementing a personal strategy. So what is personal development? Professional development focuses on honing technical skills – accountancy, medicine, the legal profession and so on. At the core of personal development is reflection, enhancement of ourselves through continuous learning, our values, self-awareness, self-esteem, confidence and authenticity.

Nitin Nohria, the new dean of Harvard Business School, argues that we need leaders who demonstrate moral humility. Ken Starkey, Professor of management and organisational learning at Nottingham University Business School proffers an approach to leadership in which the starting point is our lack of knowledge on a range of issues and a frank admission that we do not know very much about how to build a sustainable system for business and society. The future is towards a humility-driven vision of leadership, away from economics, finance and dream of individual fortune. The goal focused approach of personal development enables leaders to reflect ,critique,focus on the social consequences of their actions to fulfill the highest potential.The response is to the greater good with future leaders imagining products and services to fulfill a more social need with a balance between the intellectual, emotional and spiritual. Jim March’s pioneering use of literature to teach leadership at Stanford is an example of this. The increasing interest in the psychology of personal development is another.

Tesse Akpeki Associates Limited offers a range of personal development support services that equip managers, executive teams, community groups, organisations and individuals to link personal services with professional services and craft a more holistic approach to leadership. You recognise the strengths and abilities you have and apply your strengths, beliefs and motivation to using your potential and talents. You get by giving to your community, to others and to yourself.

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