Monday, 21 September 2015

What's happening in Leadership?

I was asked recently by a former colleague about what was new and happening in leadership.

A leadership scholar famously said once that they went out for a decade and when they came back, nothing had changed (I just wish I could remember where I heard that!).

I suspect that underneath, the good theory holds true, but the fads come and go like the tide.

It took me a wee while to think about it, but I came up with a list of what I think is doing a soft-trend at the moment, and is likely to hold its relevance for the foreseeable future.
  1. Authentic leadership
  2. Acts of leadership here and here
  3. Facilitative leadership here and here
  4. Shared leadership 
  5. Adam Grant on giving and taking
  6. John Parrot on Mindfulness
  7. Mindset - and download Carol Dweck's first chapter here
  8. Diversity in NZ from Sarah Leberman
  9. Brene Brown on vulnerability at TEDx Houston 
  10. Three brains research 
  11. Simon Sinek (edited) or in full
I don't tend to rush off and do the big trends too much: I try to stick with what looks like lasting the decade, more than the flash Harrys who burn flare-bright but disappear into cold ash in the light of day.


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