Manifesto: The New Leadership Imperative

The Future of Leadership

Business leadership will set the agenda for the planet’s future. While global change ultimately requires political power and will, the influence of business is so pervasive that our collective future and the future of business are intertwined.

Our world needs leaders dedicated to creating a thriving future for global business and our sustainable collective welfare. This requires leadership with the creative capacity to invent the future and the capability to navigate the delicate balance between short-term profitability and long-term common good. Leadership must evolve if we are to create a future different than the one we are living into.

Escalating Complexity

As global issues intersect with the business environment, leaders are increasingly faced with a new and emerging global reality—Escalating Complexity. We can look forward to a business environment of increasing ambiguity, uncertainty, volatility, and even market disruption. Along with escalating complexity comes an additional challenge—that of developing the creative capacity in our leadership to continually reinvent the organization in response to rapidly changing market conditions. We think this is the New Leadership Imperative. Our ability to develop leaders capable of navigating in an increasingly complex world is a strategic priority and a competitive advantage.

The state-of-the-art of leadership development today is not up to this challenge. Most approaches to developing leaders focus primarily on developing competency and capability. These approaches are insufficient in a world of escalating complexity. We need to develop capability, to be sure, but we need to do much more. We need to develop the complexity of mind of the leader because, if the complexities of the challenges we face are more complex than we are, we are outmatched. But, if we can evolve the complexity of mind of the leader, to be equal to the complexity of the challenge, we can lead. This is the New Leadership Imperative. To meet it, we need an approach to leadership that takes the best of what we know about how to develop competence and marries it to the best of what we know about developing the leader’s complexity of mind, or consciousness itself. The Leadership Circle provides that approach.

Evolving Consciousness

The Leadership Circle is the first leadership assessment and development system to integrate the development of the leader’s competency and capability with a system that evolves consciousness. In our approach consciousness and competence emerge together to create extraordinary leadership—the kind of leadership with the creative capacity to meet the challenge of escalating complexity and planetary welfare.

Business welfare and planetary welfare are interdependent. In order for leadership to remain effective in today’s business environment it must evolve. In the same way, evolved leadership is the solution to our planetary welfare. We are at an unprecedented point in history were the kind of leadership that is now needed for business to thrive, is the same kind of leadership that can serve our collective welfare.

About The Leadership Circle

The Leadership Circle is far more than a leadership assessment company. We stand for real change. We provide a practical pathway to the kind of effective, evolved leadership that is so needed.