New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Mitchell G. Rothstein and Ronald J. Burke
Chapter 18: And Leadership Development for All
Lyndon Rego, David G. Altman and Steadman D. Harrison III INTRODUCTION Say the word ‘leadership’ and it often generates an image of ‘people in charge’ or those who sit ‘at the top of organizations’ or in the ‘C-suite’. Leadership development too has been highly geared towards senior-level people in formal organizations or those being groomed for these roles. Yet, if we unpack what leadership development does rather than who receives it, it has a great deal of relevance to enhancing the effectiveness, satisfaction and productivity of all people in all roles. This chapter is about the democratizing leadership development and Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL) effort to make it more affordable and accessible in our world. To begin, we would like to take you to a class that took place in a Mumbai, India slum on a weekend. When we visited, we saw on the walls pictures of Indian movie stars and models along with a solitary picture of Mahatma Gandhi over to the side. The juxtaposition of these pictures caused us to reflect on the underlying meaning. The class is filled with young women and men, most under the age of 20 and all visibly excited about the chance to learn something new. The women are dressed in traditional salwar kameez, the men in Western attire; one of them is even sporting a black heavy-metal t-shirt. They are there by choice and eager to learn. An enthusiastic young trainer stands in front of the class beaming at the group...
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