In last week's blog post...Leadership Development...What is New is Really Old
...I discussed where much of leadership development best practices we are familiar with today really started between World War I and II. While in many respects these leadership development practices are are still highly relevant...we may need to shift the paradigm on what kind of leadership capability we are developing in our organizations and why we need it.
Much of my perspective is driven by the nature of the environment we all find ourselves operating in every day. I have written about it often...the VUCA environment is the new normal. VUCA, coined by the U.S. Army in 2004 as it looked at what junior officers were dealing with on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan and how it might shift leadership development to account for this, is defined as the following: Volatile
: change happens rapidly and on a large scale Uncertain
: the future cannot be predicted with any precision Complex
: challenges are complicated by many factors and there are few single causes or solutions Ambiguous
: there is little clarity on what events mean and what effect they may have
That new normal places immense ...