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Like current and past generations, next generation leaders will need timeless, universal qualities like self-awareness, strategic thinking, communicating authentically, and managing change. But they must also be ready to adapt to the relentless demands of an increasingly complex and constantly changing world, and equipped to help others adapt. This requires a shift in how we develop leaders. We need a new formula, for a new era, that flips old assumptions. Finding a better balance between developing leaders’ individual capabilities and nurturing the capacity for the collective leadership of teams, groups, networks, alliances and the organisation as a whole.
Mindset will matter as much as skillset and place a premium on curiosity and openness to different ideas and perspectives, mobilizing people behind a meaningful why, creating a psychologically safe environment for effective interdependent action, growing people at every opportunity through feedback and coaching, and embracing inclusivity in all its forms. Our Next Generation programmes provide a practice-rich space for participants to develop their leadership in a social context. This means leaning into relational skills like empathy and trust, being able to step back and reflect on how they interact, and knowing how to lead collaboratively across boundaries.