Lougheed Network: A Global Leadership Conversation
What will it mean to lead, in any capacity, in the next 35 years? Think of someone who is 20-years-old today, educated, setting out on a productive life who may find him or herself in various leadership roles over the next three-and-a-half decades. What conditions will this person face and how might those conditions change over time? How will this leader know they are successful? What qualities or personal capacities will this leader need to develop and how? What will be the single biggest obstacle to this leader’s success?
The Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute brought together a group of diverse individuals in a collaborative capacity to explore and identify the challenges, requirements and opportunities to help shape the future of leadership and leadership development. The Lougheed Leadership Network is an ongoing group of passionate change makers who are making a difference through their visionary work with a goal of contributing to the global conversation about leadership in the world today.
“We want to identify the elements needed for a style of leadership that will be able to address the challenges identified for the first half of the 21st century. We not only want to know the elements of future leadership practice, but how they can be developed,” said Dan Buchner, vice president, Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute.
A list of challenges future leaders might face representative of the types of societal conditions that those taking on the role of leader will face were identified during the Future Focus session conducted at The Banff Centre.
We want to identify
the elements needed for a style of leadership that will be able to address the
challenges identified for the first half of the 21st century.
This work set the tone for conversation two, Future Framework. Over the course of four-days, designers of education experiences examined what a leader needs to be, think, do and imagine in order to address these challenges.
Participants explored what learning experiences, methods, and developmental paths will best shape the leadership needed in the future. They were also asked to consider what an unusually effective leader, or leadership collective, will need in order to develop a successful ‘practice’ in the uncertain conditions of 35 years from now.
“We brought together over 20 people who we admire and are intrigued by and asked them to think about how they have developed their practice to date. What have they done to integrate all the experiences, models, knowledge and personal learning that they have accumulated over the years into a coherent offering,” said Lougheed Leadership Network lead facilitator Brian Woodward. “We wanted them to think about the act of leading as an individual, in a group, for an organization, and also within a community. What knowledge, capacities, or artistry might be required? What learning and experience will need to be developed, and how will they learn?”
Future Framework participants worked in self-directed teams in their own working spaces then shared their work back out with each other in larger end-of-day gatherings. Each participant also enlisted an external colleague to act as a sounding board and an additional idea generator – someone with whom the participant has trust and whose opinion is respected.
This understanding will help inform the programming of Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute at The Banff Centre and steward leaders from Alberta, Canada and the rest of the world.