The Development Imperative

June 27, 2013 1 Comment
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It would seem that the only way for our organizations to be of ongoing service to the larger living systems of which they are a part is for them to be adaptive and in a state of ongoing learning and development, to have a fluid state of “fit-ness” and ability to contribute generative value to the larger whole. The only way for this to happen is for the sub-teams and individuals that comprise these organizations to also be in a state of ongoing learning and development. In order to help others grow, we must commit to growing ourselves.  The leadership imperative then, is to model a commitment to personal development and to create conditions that encourage ongoing internal qualitative growth.  Management and management alone is “horizontal,” over time becomes firefighting, and eventually flatlining.  Leadership is “vertical” and takes everything to the next level.

What are you doing to create the time and space for evolution?

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