Everywhere you look, the evidence is stark: leadership is broken. In organisations, communities and nations, people appointed to leadership roles fail us. Of course there are exceptions. But it's time to recognise reality and do something about it. Our award winning research helps us understand what's going wrong. And it points us in a new direction. If we understand the problems, then we can surely dream up some solutions.
Possibly the main reason leadership goes wrong is that people are appointed because they're good at something else: engineering, selling, accounting, teaching, nursing, whatever. Another issue is that a majority of leaders are insufficiently prepared for their roles: they literally make it up as they go. And they don't always get it right. On top of this, it is becoming common knowledge that leadership development isn't producing expected results, in spite of the vast amounts of money invested in it.
There are thousands of books published every year offering five, ten or fifty tips to practising or aspiring leaders. But they're by and large useless: what we call 'leadership' is widely different across the huge spectrum of situations it applies in. The demands and the most effective responses are specific to the context. There is no universally effective formula. And that's another reason it fails: leadership - leading - is far more complicated than people think.
In response, we've developed our Creative Leadership metholodogy in recognition that every leader needs to craft an approach that works for them, and practise it until they become masters of their art. Rather than prescribing solutions that don't work, it helps people in leadership positions to define their own way forward. We use this approach in designing our own leadership learning activities (we try not to call them 'training courses'). And we offer workshops and coaching in it's application, targeted to people's actual needs and constraints.
We're looking for organisations who are interested in exploring new ways to develop their present and future leaders, to partner with us in piloting this novel approach.