Read and comment on our blog series on Imagining the Future of Leadership at Harvard Business Review online!
The series addressed the following six fundamental questions or themes concerning the future of leadership:
#1: Fundamental Conceptions argues for fundamentally different conceptions of leadership. For example, during our 2009 meeting, Bill George asked, "Can't we all finally agree that the great man is dead?" In this spirit, what is your conception of the leader of the future? How does it differ from other conceptions?
#2: Future Challenges/Context explores some the major challenges leaders will face in the future and their implications for leading. What will be the most significant challenges leaders will face? How will the context of leading change? (examples might include: globalization, shifting demographics, the impact of technology, leading virtual teams)
#3: Ideal Leaders is a bit different. Here we look at ideal leaders of the future. Based on your understanding of a particular conception, challenge or trend, what will an ideal leader of the future look like? Given a particular sector, domain or industry, describe a concrete example (real person) who you think personifies what it takes to lead. (examples might include cases from: politics, high-tech, developing nations)
#4: Cultural Distinctions encourages us to consider the fundamental question: Does the very notion of leading vary with gender or across cultures?
#5: Values. Many people believe that you can't discuss leadership without discussing values. This week of the series invites us to open that box. Are values an essential ingredient to leading? If so, where do they come from? If so, what are these values? How does one integrate them into leading? (examples might include: the importance of trust, the role of virtues, service)
#6: Development explores the question: Where will they come from? How will we find, select, teach, grow, elect, promote our leaders of the future? (examples might include: the future of business education,debates about what actually needs developing: individual capability or collective capacity, technical knowledge and skills or character)