New World, New Leaders, New Ball Game

Another in a series of Leadership-focused blog posts from TPG Companies, Inc.

We see it and baseballsknow it everywhere: change is the only constant. Leaders are needed, as much or more than ever. Have theories of leadership kept up?

According to the McKinsey report, How Do I Build Leadership Capabilities to Drive Performance, “only 7 percent of executives believed their organization was doing [leadership development] very effectively…. All too often organizations default to off-the-shelf training programs that consume precious management time without achieving lasting impact for either the participant or the business.”

Does this resonate with you?

Some leadership thinkers see the need for a shift in how we train/build/develop new leaders.

It’s a shift away from “tools for the toolbox” – instead, helping the emerging leader deeply connect and ground herself with authentic knowledge of her/himself and who s/he is as a leader.

And it’s a shift away from leadership training case studies and theories – instead, giving the emerging leader the chance to learn by doing, in his or her own context (be that at work or in the community).

Here’s an important read: The Next Generation of Leaders: Building Leadership Capability that Creates Strategic Differentiation, by Deirdre Coleman. Coleman references the McKinsey report, and goes on to share an intriguing synopsis from Annmarie Neal’s new book, Leading from the Edge.  

Ms. Neal’s book lays out 10 traits that the next generation of global leaders will need. By now we’ve all seen plenty of lists of important leadership traits. To us, this one strikes a new and different chord – and we find plenty to agree with:

  1. Strong Sense of Self
  2. Multi-Modal Thinking
  3. Courage to Recreate
  4. Experimental Mind
  5. Freedom to Fail, Fast
  6. Constructive Collaboration
  7. Balance Between Control and Chaos
  8. Global Change Agent
  9. Empathy as a Business Imperative
  10. Authenticity

See the difference? We find a whole lot of focus in this list on nimbleness and experimentation, knowledge of self, and connectedness – to ideas, people, and resources.

Check out the Coleman article, and the Neal book – and let us know what you think.

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About Paul Kirpes, TPG Companies

For over 35 years, Paul J. Kirpes, Founder and President of TPG Companies, has transformed businesses, corporations, communities, and ventures in the private and public sectors throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. Paul empowers companies, their owners, and leaders to Transform, Perform and Grow!
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