An introduction: the future of leadership

The New Year is when we look to the future – not just to the year ahead, but often to several years ahead. We reconsider our plans for our lives, our relationships, our goals, our work. So we at Future Considerations are starting 2013 with an enquiry into the future of leadership many years into the future.

Imagine the world in 50 years time. Today’s 25-year olds will be 75. The world will be led by men and women born in the ’00s, ’10s and the ’20s. The global climate will have shifted dramatically. Wars will have been fought (likely resulting without a winner). Consumer behaviour will have changed (twice, thrice, more?) and technology would be synonymous with human society breeding a new definition of mutual dependency. Let’s not forget to mention genetics, food and water security, the exploration of our universe and the population growth of our world.

What will it take to lead humanity in this brave new world? Liz Coleman was right when she said, “The Reality: No one has the answers, everyone has the responsibility.”

Leadership for the sake of our combined future is not something that comes in an IKEA flat-pack, it is a continuous enquiry into what it may take to be that leader.

This month, five members of Future Considerations’ network of colleagues and associates share their perspective, provoking and challenging what is needed to lead our collective future.

The future of leadership

A menu of enquiry into the future of leadership:

An introduction – Peter Masters
Cross generational wisdom – Patrice van Riemsdijk
None of us is as smart as all of us – George Pór
Seek first to understand – Chris Yates
Leading through birth and death – Cari Caldwell
Freedom-centred – Tim Stanyon

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