Leadership Development S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S to Prepare For the Future
Leadership Development S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S To Prepare for
By Linda Fisher Thornton
In a recent post, I acknowledged that “leaders face information overload, globalization and increasing
complexity. And they hold the key to your organization’s future. Make it a priority to help them be ready.”
How can we prepare leaders to succeed in a socially and globally connected world? What are the
strategies that will help them handle a wide variety of unpredictable situations while making ethical
There are specific strategies that will help your leadership team prepare for the future. Organizations
employing these strategies will help leaders S-T-R-E-T-C-H to stay on top of changing expectations.
BE CLEAR – KEEP IT RELEVANT – GROUND LEARNING IN ETHICAL VALUES
To prepare leaders to make confident values-based choices, leadership development needs to
be clear and based on positive ethical values. To make it worth the time spent participating, every
aspect must berelevant to meeting their current challenges.
EMBRACE COMPLEXITY – HONOR LEARNING TRENDS – USE A GROWTH MINDSET
Leaders need support as they learn to embrace complexity (and seek meaning in an age of information
overload).We will need to use a growth mindset, letting leaders know that we understand that learning to
lead responsibly is a lifelong journey. We will need to honor learning trends and acknowledge that in
many cases, leaders can be the architects of their own learning.