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PPMA Annual Seminar 2017 - Leadership - latest developments on creating leadership capacity and capability in a VUCA world


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As HR and OD professionals, we know how important effective, consistent and visible leadership is to the overall success of our organisations. There are plenty of theories and research on different models of leadership. Arguably they all have their place.

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PPMA Annual Seminar 2017 - Leadership - latest developments on creating leadership capacity and capability in a VUCA world

  1. 1. Rotherham – The Leadership Challenge & Response Shokat Lal Assistant Chief Executive
  2. 2. The Leadership Landscape • Failure is more exposed than it has ever been • Public sector organisations need to be more fluid and supportive • Hierarchical power is giving way to networked authority • The impact of austerity on leadership development and skills • Career ladders being replaced by ‘tours of duty’ (portfolio careers) • A VUCA world….and then some!
  3. 3. The Rotherham Story
  4. 4. The Rotherham context
  5. 5. The Jay Report
  6. 6. The Commissioners
  7. 7. Leading in a VUCA World • Retain a clear vision but with an agility to flex • Provide clear direction and consistent messaging • Capitalise on complexity • Look out – look across boundaries, it can no longer be about standing behind walls and defending organisational self interest. • Encourage networks rather than hierarchies • Be curious – uncertain times bring opportunities • We act courageously – we tackle the difficult issues
  8. 8. Leading in a VUCA World (2) • Leverage diversity • Get used to being uncomfortable • Knowing when to be on the pitch and when to be in the commentary box • Cognitive readiness – leaders must be equipped with the mental, emotional and interpersonal preparedness for uncertainty and risk • Know our communities • Do the best work of our lives!
  9. 9. It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occaisonally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand. Madeleine L’Engle
  10. 10. We can succeed only by concert. It is not ‘can any of us imagine better?’ but, ‘can we all do better?’ The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. Abraham Lincoln, Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862
  11. 11. Thank You