A thought-provoking day spent at the recent conference on Disruptive Leadership, held by the Institute of Directors, was a clear call for leadership development to respond to this challenging context of change.
Steve Jobs 'Let's go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.'
The recent Institute of Directors conference in Manchester took as its subject, Disruptive Leadership. The underlying premise was the need to challenge the status quo with a sense of how you want things to be better. Speakers described ways in which they had shaken up their respective industries – in banking, travel, systems engineering, marketing and so on. The urgency of exploring the notion of disruption lies in both the accelerated rate of change (with particular reference to technology) and also the volatility encountered by the business world. The subject matter reflected the need to be innovative during a time of rapid change, unpredictable landscape.
As designers and deliverers of leadership development for a range of organisations, part of our challenge is to support our clients in creating leaders that have the courage to disrupt, and the skills to foster innovation.