The world is becoming more complex
Entire industries and markets are being disrupted. No organisation or leader is immune.
Globally, a significant shift is underway – a transformational shift from industrial to information-driven and conceptual age economies. The impact of this transformation to a globally connected marketplace profoundly impacts how leaders deliver value.
Extensive global research indicates that the expert knowledge and competence leaders developed to succeed in the Industrial Age is increasingly inadequate for capitalising on the complexity inherent to the Information Age.
Our global leadership challenge
Leadership is at a tipping point with leaders needing a new set of skills that will enable then to effectively and seamlessly deal with speed, complexity and non-linearity of a rapidly changing world. Leaders need new ways of ‘seeing’ the world, and new ways of understanding the challenges they face through their leadership.
Leadership in our rapidly changing world is becoming less about what a leader does and more about how a leader thinks, what a leader considers in implementing tough decisions, and a leader’s speed and agility in delivering business and social value.
However, more than 80% of leaders do not have the thinking and behavioural capacity to adequately understand and address the demands placed upon them as leaders in information-driven and conceptual age economies. Put another way, most leaders are “in over their heads” (IBM Global CEO Study, 2011).
Leadership Evolution & Actualisation Profile
Based in over 40 years of research and practice and drawing upon the ground-breaking work of Jane Loevinger (and the Washington Sentence Completion Test; WUSCT), Susanne Cook-Greuter and Bill Torbert (and the Leadership Maturity Framework; LMF), and Terri O’Fallon (and the StAGES assessment), the Leadership Evolution & Actualisation Profile (LEAP) utilises projective measurement protocols to reliably assess a leader’s capacity for more systemic ways of thinking and leading.
With accelerating workplace complexity, leaders of the future need to develop greater capacity – the leadership “X Factor”.
Along with traditional Intelligence, a leader’s capacity to think systemically and to simultaneously consider multiple perspectives is the strongest predictor of individual differences in leader performance. Maximising a leader’s capacity to understand and synthesise complexity accurately and at speed is the ‘hidden hand’ that determines how effectively that leader will capitalise on the many challenges and opportunities they will face through their leadership.
Evolving a leader’s capacity to think differently and utilise a “next practice” operating system for addressing leadership and organisational complexity is the answer.
And the Leadership Evolution and Actualisation Profile is a measure of a leader’s current capacity to identify, understand, synthesise, and act upon complexity that cannot be faked.
The LEAP Map
Extensive adult development theory and practice shows that adults grow and evolve through seven very distinct stages of personal and professional development, and ways of ‘seeing’ in the world.
Each new way of ‘seeing’ brings online a fundamentally new way of thinking about, conceptualising and engaging with everyday people and organisational challenges. And research clearly shows that more evolved ways of thinking correlate almost identically to improvements in leadership performance and impact.
The LEAP Map below presents the sequence of seven stages and provides a detailed framework for leader evolution.
Why take the LEAP
The Leadership Evolution & Actualisation Profile provides a leader with a customised roadmap for realising their leadership potential by highlighting a leader’s capacity to identify, understand, synthesise, and act upon issues of increasing cognitive and behavioural complexity.
Upon completing a LEAP a leader is provided with a comprehensive and individually customised Feedback Report that puts how they lead under a spotlight. Leaders use their report to:
- evaluate their current leadership resonance – how they are being as a leader – and specific leadership strengths and shadow attributes;
- discover their unconscious limiting beliefs impacting their capacity to lead to their full potential;
- identify the potential steps they could undertake to further enhance their effectiveness and productivity as a leader; and
- develop a personalised action plan for realising their leadership potential.
Accelerating your organisation’s evolution
Using the LEAP assessment and individually customised LEAP Feedback Report within a senior leadership team or organisation can accelerate collective leadership development and support leaders to:
- Make the tough decisions needed to deliver optimal organisational performance
- Address people management issues to create high performing workplace cultures
- Overcome siloed thinking and facilitate greater levels of cross-team collaboration
- Bridge the gap between strategy development and strategy implementation
- Surface and address hidden agendas, office politics, and unhelpful workplace competition
- Guide leaders to evolve beyond ego-driven leadership to deliver workplace results that really matter
It is becoming increasingly clear: Traditional approaches to leadership are fast becoming redundant. The Leadership Evolution & Actualisation Profile provides a robust roadmap for developing the cultures of leadership urgently needed to deliver sustain organisational performance amidst global complexity.
Accessing the LEAP
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