Monday, 13 January 2014

Leadership Tendencies: the banker, the nun, and the business professor

Sister Mary Owens

What’s new and good in the field of leadership and sustainability?


It’s good that Barclays Bank boss Antony Jenkins is encouraging his staff to learn from the example of Sister Mary Owens, who cares for children with HIV in Kenya. The essence of good leadership, said Jenkins on BBC Radio, “is about having an impact in the world and making the world a better place. The task of leaders is to build a better vision of the future, and then build consensus and momentum behind it.”

And it’s new that Thomas Malnight, professor at IMD business school is advocating a more collaborative approach to learning between professors and business executives. Top executives and professors, writes Malnight, ‘need to leave old answers behind and focus on learning and challenging themselves and their organisations’.

What these two approaches to learning and leadership have in common is a willingness to step outside comfort zones, and to challenge, and have challenged, deeply held values, perceptions and ways of working.

Some of my most exciting work in the last decade had been about creating meaningful learning experiences based on leadership and sustainability challenges, in Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America. I’m never happier than when I working with a group of people who want to make a difference.

So perhaps in 2014 more people will learn how to lead by going on a journey that allows them time and space to reflect on who they are, and what they can do to make the world a better place. I hope so. If you think that I, and the Kellow Learning Network, can help, please get in touch.

Thank you for reading my blog, and Happy New Year,

Edward

PS For more information about leadership, learning and sustainability please check out my new website www.kellowlearning.com