The Future of Leadership Development


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Claire Reinelt, Leadership Learning Community's Research and Evaluation Director, participated in the National Public Health Leadership Development Network Conference, held in Nebraska on April 27 - 30, as the keynote catalyst for the session "Vision 2020:The Future of Leadership Development." This is the presentation.

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The Future of Leadership Development

  1. 1. The Future of Leadership Development Claire Reinelt , Ph.D. Leadership Learning Community National Public Health Leadership Development Conference April 28, 2010 Image Source:
  2. 2. Our current approaches to leadership development will not enable us to reach the scale of leadership we need to create the change we seek.
  3. 3. Where are we now in our leadership work and where do we need to be 10 years from now?
  4. 4. Where We Are Now
  5. 5. Individual Leader Development Individual Skills and Knowledge Strong Organizations Community Results
  6. 6. Why Think Differently About Leadership? Our current model is… – Not scalable – Exclusive – Fragmented
  7. 7. Where We Need to Go
  8. 8. From Individuals to Groups…
  9. 9. The Promotora Institute “The Promotora model is sort of the Peace Corps model based on local needs and local solutions, except that it is not the educated helping the ‘uneducated’. It’s the community helping itself.” Image and Quote Source: “A Reflection on How Social Networks Can Become a Powerful Tool To Meet Basic Needs and Build Momentum for Change”, The Diarist Project
  10. 10. Asian Pacific American Legal Center We live in the most multicultural, multiethnic society in the world, right here in California and we need to make certain that groups that share common issues, but do not share common historical traditions, are able to work together. Angela Glover Blackwell (A Conversation on Boundary Crossing Leadership) Image Source:
  11. 11. Networked Devices + Connected People = Healthier Communities Source: “The Future of Health is Social” Fast Company, Jennifer Kilian and Barbara Pantuso
  12. 12. From Organizations to Networks… Image Source: / CC BY 2.0
  13. 13. Leading in a (Permanent) Crisis In a period of great uncertainty, the most difficult topics must be discussed. Dissenters who can provide crucial insights need to be protected from the organizational pressure to remain silent. Executives need to listen to unfamiliar voices and set the tone for candor and risk taking. Ron Heifetz et. al (Harvard Business Review)
  14. 14. Discovery of Genetic Sequence of SARS Hierarchical, Highly Controlled Model Networked, Open Model VS Winner
  15. 15. The value of collective leadership networks is in their capacity to solve problems quickly in an environment of uncertainty and complexity. -- Watts 2004
  16. 16. Source: Social Networks for Social Change Presentation, The Monitor Institute, 2010
  17. 17. Leadership Roles in Networks
  18. 18. From Silos to Partnerships… Public Health Environmental Public Health Community Business Environmental Community Business
  19. 19. African Public Health Leadership and Systems Innovation Initiative QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. A partnership between Synergos, McKinsey & Co., the Presencing Institute, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve health performance in Namibia. Image Source:
  20. 20. Leadership in Action Program Composite: Maryland & Baltimore Students Assessed Fully Ready - Composite Score Improvement at the population 2002 - 2008 level cannot be made by a single 80 agency or organization but must 70 Percent of Kindergarteners 67 68 be part of a cross-sector, public 60 60 58 57 58 55 50 and private movement to achieve 49 52 40 a given result using a new 40 35 30 paradigm of performance 28 32 27 20 management. All Students Baltimore 10 0 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 B-LAP Launched Jolie Bain Pillsbury et al. (Cross Sector Performance Accountability: Making Aligned Contributions to Improve Community Well-Being)
  21. 21. Group Discussion: How can we better leverage the power of groups, networks and partnerships to reach a radically different scale of health leadership?
  22. 22. To Summarize… • Focus on relationships • Catalyze networks • Partner for results
  23. 23. Leadership for a New Era
  24. 24. Inclusive, Networked & Collective Leadership • Engaging 100+ participants • 3 products: publications, assessment tools, interactive website & directories • 4 topics: Leadership and Race, Leadership and Networks, Collective Leadership, Leadership Across Difference
  25. 25. Questions • How is collaborative action catalyzed in networks? • What design elements support leadership and self-organizing to emerge in networks? • What is the inner work that leaders need to do to practice effective network leadership?
  26. 26. Get Involved! Email:
  27. 27. The great project of the twenty-first century -- understanding how the whole of humanity comes to be greater than the sum of its parts -- is just beginning. Like an awakening child, the human superorganism is becoming self-aware, and this will surely help us to achieve our goals. But the greatest gift of this awareness will be the sheer joy of self-discovery and the realization that to truly know ourselves, we must first understand how and why we are all connected. -- Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler