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This chapter illustrates how human-centered design (HCD) principals can activate Fe+Male leadership synergy inside an organization. We explore how it is possible to…
This chapter illustrates how human-centered design (HCD) principals can activate Fe+Male leadership synergy inside an organization. We explore how it is possible to: foster a favorable environment and culture that values gender inclusivity; ends blatant discriminatory practices to which many organizations are blind; fortify the confidence of highly capable women and men; and reconcile the divergence of views, communication, and unique leadership styles between men and women leaders. We look at the experiences of women inside organizations along with the beliefs, aspirations, challenges, and needs of women. The chapter provides an HCD guideline for the reader to align the current modus operandi in their own organization for better gender synergy.
We know that complementary male and female styles of leadership create invaluable synergy, and that organizations with more women on board and senior management positions will, on average, outperform organizations without women at top positions. However, women, especially at the top echelon, are sorely lacking in numbers. Without more women around – real synergy is impossible. Increasing transparency, policies such as “disclosure of the gender pay gap” and advocacy by senior leaders will continue to break down some of the barriers and biases, but statistics across all industries and countries show that we are a very long way off and need a new approach to end this dilemma.
How can HCD increase the percentage of female leaders at the table and the chance for gender synergy? In this chapter, you learn facts to fight fiction and influence mindsets that are limited by biases. This chapter introduces four specific target areas to advance Fe+Male synergy. Although most men (based in democracies) intellectually agree that men and women are equal and are highly offended when their sanction for equality is brought into question, most are completely blind to how daily actions (many unintentionally) perpetuate the state of inequity. The biggest leadership issue is getting the whole organization aligned with the principle as well as a visible manifestation of gender synergy.
The purpose of this paper is to develop a clear answer to the question “how is leadership developed?” This research utilized the knowledge of leadership development…
The purpose of this paper is to develop a clear answer to the question “how is leadership developed?” This research utilized the knowledge of leadership development experts and their collective expertise to identify the critical elements required for a high-quality leadership development program.
The Lockean Inquiring System approach to the Delphi technique was used to solicit the views of experts in leadership and leadership development from around the world. Experts for Round 1 of the Delphi were drawn from a random sampling of 100 people, comprising leadership researchers, coaches, and organizational leaders, not personally known to the lead researcher of this project, but in his LinkedIn network. A response rate of 13 percent (n=13) yielded a rich range of qualitative data. Responses from the first round of the Delphi were analyzed using open coding and categorized into four themes, representing four sets of competencies required of leaders.
The four themes were labeled as contextual, human capital, social capital, and structural capital, all of which were seen by participants as being central to the development of collective leadership. Based on these themes, this paper identifies a useful list of key leadership development tactics from which those wishing to develop a leadership program can work.
As the first round of a Delphi study, the authors are limited to presenting only the key elementary empirical judgments. Subsequent study with an expanded sample size and a refined set of questions rooted in the current data will contribute further to the development of factual propositions related to leadership development for the twenty-first century. The Delphi survey is a “snapshot” approach and presents a holographic-type image of the complex whole. The authors plan to triangulate the data by significantly expanding the pool of Delphi experts and conducting the Round 1 survey a second time with a larger international group of respondents that fit the criteria of expert.
This paper presents four dimensions of an effective leadership development strategy.
Core elements of the best methods for leadership development have been identified by leadership development experts, which serve as a basis for developing leadership as a collective, and for further research.
Often the context of the twenty-first century is described as volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). Influenced by this context, combined with the exponential development of new technologies, how and where we work has changed. Not only that, the VUCA context and different ways of working make it necessary to review the role of and demands on leaders, and the work environment they create.
The purpose of this chapter is four-fold. First, we explore what the changed and challenging context of the twenty-first century means for leadership. Second, we share observations on the impact and influence of the built work environment on culture, workflow, and employees. Third, we identify how and why demands on the physical workplace have changed. Finally, we outline an approach that allows leaders to get the most out of the built environment when it comes to shaping culture, supporting workflow, and contributing toward employee satisfaction.
Today’s business leaders face a global environment that is marked by increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) conditions. Design thinking offers a proven way to navigate in a VUCA environment. I used this approach while serving as a military officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. This chapter focuses on what I learned from applying design thinking to our operations as well as on insights from businesses that have also successfully integrated design thinking. I use the framework “inspire, ideate, and implement” to describe how I utilized design thinking. I finish the chapter with key factors for successfully employing a design methodology to VUCA problems.
Design thinking empowers organizations to tackle successfully VUCA challenges. Inspiration allows designers to frame relevant problems that clients care about. With the pressing challenge in hand, designers immerse themselves in the context of a problem to empathize with a customer’s concerns. They synthesize input from a variety of diverse sources, and meet experts who can give meaning to their collected data. With this comprehensive picture in hand, design teams brainstorm new possibilities as they move into ideation. Taking their ideas out for a test run, they iterate the most promising ways to move into action. They conduct pilot projects, adapt to what works best, and share their learning from the process. Leaders with a design mindset, aligned with a collaborative organizational culture and congruent support systems, can build an innovative enterprise that is primed to thrive in a VUCA world.