Tom Gibbons, Director of Learning and Application for Team Management Systems, Inc. will be one of the three speakers addressing “How today’s leaders are learning to be different…and what is ‘different’?” on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at The Ontario Club from 18:30 – 20:30. The session will be particulary valuable for executives in human resources.
Content of the session
The challenges facing leadership in an increasingly complex work environment are evidenced by the growing shelf-space allocated to the topic in book stores and libraries. Much of traditional leadership and management training is rooted in assumptions of a somewhat predictable environment and a reasonably homogeneous, even compliant workforce. Frequently, traditional training is applied in an attempt to re-create that predictability. What is more effective is the re-thinking of leadership within the context of a new and fundamentally different work environment.
The new reality includes the need for leadership capacity to manage in highly volatile, uncertain and unpredictable situations that involve groups of highly educated people representing widely diverse perspectives, opinions and ideas.
In many ways we need to ‘unlearn’ many of the things we have held dear about leadership and its development. We are asked to venture into unknown territory, learn and apply new and uncertain skills and rethink our roles from their very core. We are not often asked if we want to rise to these challenges, it is simply required of us.