4: Leadership in Transition
Until recently, perhaps the last two or three decades,
the basis of human organization has been hierarchical in
nature. Accordingly the concept of leadership has also been
hierarchical. Someone "exercises leadership," others
follow and the pyramidal unit of one person leading many
becomes enshrined in organisational structure. Many people
gain their sense of identity from their position in the hierarchy(ies)
they belong to. Throughout history this concept of leadership
was significantly reinforced by the practical realities of
managing resources and information, the accumulation, flow,
application and storage of which also happened hierarchically.
With the burgeoning of electronic information technology
over the last two decades, and the development of the Internet
over an even lesser time period, the accumulation, flow,
application and storage of information (and money) now happens
primarily in a networked fashion. Information is more readily
available to people in an organization through its electronically
networked systems than through its people systems.
Three huge changes are becoming evident in society. One,
dysfunction in "old" ways of thinking, doing and
being is appearing frequently. Two, organizations - like
information technology - are becoming increasingly net-worked
and less hierarchical. Three, many people are becoming increasingly
aware of their spiritual (not religious) energy space. As
society changes, so does the concept of leadership.
This training examines the changing nature of leadership
as a function in organizations. It makes a distinction between
leadership as a functioning concept and the leader as a functioning
person. This training is valuable for those who are seen,
or want to be seen, as "enlightened" leaders.
the course description [PDF approx. 55 KB]