28 Apr Key Qualities of Tomorrow’s Leaders
Tomorrow’s leaders need to ground themselves in
1. A new paradigm (frame of reference)
2. A new ontology (way of being)
3. A new epistemology (way of knowing)
To become someone who is willing to:
• question taken for granted assumptions and understandings about the world especially the social world of relationships, communication, perception and meaning.
• challenge the view that there is any such thing as objective knowledge, facts or unbiased observation of the world.
• be suspicious of grand narratives or meta narratives that masquerade as truth.
• question the idea that people contain essential or core qualities that make them what or who they are.
• be open to the idea that identity is a phenomenon created in language and is relational and contextual not individual and psychological.
• recognise that all our knowledge and ways of understanding are particular to, and products of, the time and place that has generated those same ways of knowing and understanding.
• consider that what we call reality is itself a social construction, and that truth is a fluid, dynamic, evolving and emergent phenomena.
• recognise that everything we talk about – people, places, events, circumstances, identity, selves – is being invented as we speak …
It’s all invented!