The Leadership Development Learning System

From the Barrett Values Centre

The state-of-the-art leadership development learning system for the 21st century.

From an evolutionary perspective, all learning has always been emergent and self-directed. One could say that evolutionary learning has always been “on-job,” and “on-demand.” Entities experienced events, reacted or responded to them, and then gauged the efficacy of their reactions or responses based on whether they were able to enhance their ability to survive and thrive—to improve or sustain their internal stability and external equilibrium in their framework of existence.

Reactions and responses that proved successful in meeting these requirements were recorded in memory and used again when similar situations arose in the future. Responses that proved unsuccessful were forgotten. This is how atoms evolved into molecules; molecules evolved into cells; cells evolved into organisms; and organisms evolved into creatures. One of those creatures, Homo sapiens, is now learning how to take evolution to the next level. We are learning how to adapt our individual and collective behaviours so that we can live happily and peacefully (survive and thrive) in a sustainable world.

As far as Homo sapiens is concerned this three stage evolutionary process maps directly to the Seven Levels of Consciousness Model. Stage 1 of this process—becoming viable and independent—requires an individual to master the first three levels of consciousness. Stage 2—bonding to form a group structure—requires an individual to master levels 4 and 5. Stage 3—cooperating to form a higher order entity—requires an individual to master levels 6 and 7.

Universal Principles

First, individual entities had to learn how to become viable and independent in their framework of existence, otherwise they would not have been able to survive. Secondly, as their framework conditions became more complex and threatening, individual entities had to learn how to bond together to form group structures that were more sustainable than each individual entity could be on its own. Thirdly, as framework conditions became even yet more complex and threatening, group structures had to learn how to cooperate with other group structures to create a higher order entity that was more sustainable than each of the group structures could be on their own.

Evolutionary Characteristics

The most successful entities in this evolutionary process shared five common characteristics—they were masters of adaptation; they never stopped learning; they developed their ability to bond; they developed their ability to cooperate; and at each stage they became more adept at handling complexity. Adaptation and continuous learning were the qualities that allowed individual entities to become viable and independent. Learning how to bond allowed them to form group structures; and learning how to cooperate allowed them to create a more sustainable higher order group entity.

The Learning System

The New Leadership Paradigm Leadership Development Learning System incorporates all these evolutionary principles into its design.

  • It is based on the three universal principles of evolution.
  • It is emergent—you can search the Web site, your Leadership Journals and Workbooks for information and resources to address issues you are currently facing and access your previous learning.
  • It is self-directed—you can learn at your own pace, and you can dig deeper into any topic by exploring the resource links that are provided.
  • It is evolutionary—you progress through the system by first learning to lead yourself, and then learning to lead others. The Leading Yourself and Leading Others modules are foundational. Once you have completed these modules you can either move to learning to lead an organisation or learning to lead in society.
  • It is flexible—you can follow the learning system on your own or you can meet regularly in a group and facilitate the process yourselves or have an external facilitator do the job for you.
  • It is customisable—you can add or remove exercises from the Workbook.
  • It involves the whole system. It uses the knowledge of everyone who is using the system to constantly update the Web site and the learning system.

Learning Modules

There are four learning modules in the New Leadership Paradigm Leadership Development Learning System.

  • Leading Self
  • Leading Others (Team)
  • Leading an Organization
  • Leading in Society

Leading Self

The purpose of the Leading Self component of the evolutionary leadership development program is to help you find personal fulfilment by uncovering, and exploring your authentic self, thereby fulfilling your potential and becoming all you can become.

This requires you to establish an intimate understanding of who you are, how you operate, what is important to you, and most importantly, what you need to do to find fulfilment in your life. The Leading Self program also develops your capacity to manage your internal stability and external equilibrium by making decisions and choices that support you in meeting your needs; your ego’s needs (deficiency needs), your soul’s needs (growth needs), and your body’s needs (physiological needs). You will find personal fulfilment when you are able to meet all these needs.
 

Leading Others (Team)

Leading a Team or any group of people with a common goal or purpose is obviously not the same as leading yourself. It requires significantly more skills and capabilities.

Just as you learned to create the conditions for your own fulfilment in the leading-self module of the leadership development program, you are now going to learn how to create the conditions for a group of people to find their individual and their collective fulfilment by becoming a high performing team. Ultimately, it‘s all about excellence, performance, getting results and being the best you can be individually and collectively.

Who you are as an individual and the level of progress you have made on leading yourself will significantly influence your ability to be an effective team leader.

Leading an Organization

Leading an organization is infinitely more complex than leading a team, a division or a business unit, and it is not something you can do on your own. You need to surround yourself with a leadership team. You need the best team you can get; but more than that, you need a team that you can trust; a team that trusts each other; and a team that trusts you.

When you lead an organisation, you need to be able to create the conditions that allow you, your leadership team, and all your employees to find fulfilment, and also meet all your stakeholder’s needs—investors, customers, partners, the local communities where you operate, and society in general.

Leading in Society

There are many ways that you can become a leader in a societal context. You can be a local or national politician; you can be advocate or activist for social change or you can set up or run a charity, an association, a sports team, or some other type of interest group. The possibilities are endless.
This module goes beyond the first three modules by helping you to develop a deep understanding of community and societal motivations, and what you as a leader need to know and understand to be effective in leading your community, your nation or a cause that improves the human condition or the sustainability of our natural environment.

Leading in Society

There are many ways that you can become a leader in a societal context. You can be a local or national politician; you can be advocate or activist for social change or you can set up or run a charity, an association, a sports team, or some other type of interest group. The possibilities are endless.
This module goes beyond the first three modules by helping you to develop a deep understanding of community and societal motivations, and what you as a leader need to know and understand to be effective in leading your community, your nation or a cause that improves the human condition or the sustainability of our natural environment.

Learning System Components

There are four components to the New Leadership Paradigm Leadership Development Learning System:

  • The New Leadership Paradigm Web site.
  • The New Leadership Paradigm book.
  • A downloadable Journal for each of the four learning modules—your own personalised record of your leadership journey.
  • A downloadable Workbook associated with each Leadership Journal containing exercises and feedback/performance materials that can be self-administered or facilitated by a third party.

The New Leadership Paradigm Learning System is structured in the following manner.

The Leading Self learning module is foundational. It is the starting point for learning how to lead a more fulfilling life. You must be able to lead yourself before you can effectively lead others.

The Leading a Team learning module is foundational for everyone who is involved in managing a group of people in any form of organization.

After completing the first two learning modules the aspiring leader can progress to the Leading an Organization learning module, and then to the Leading in Society learning module or can move directly to the Leading in Society learning module as shown in the following diagram.

Feedback loops from the Leading Others, Leading an Organization and Leading in Society modules allow participants in the New Leadership Paradigm Learning System to update their Leading Self Journal as they encounter new situations and deal with new experiences that expand their understanding and awareness of themselves.

If we are going to survive and thrive individually and collectively in the future, we need a new leadership paradigm and a new breed of leader.

  • We need leaders who are willing to put aside their personal self-interest and work for the common good – a shift from “I” to “we.”
  • We need leaders who recognize that business is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment. If we lose our environment and our life-support systems, our society will perish. If we lose or society, we will lose our economy, and our businesses will fail.
  • We need leaders who recognize that to get the best business results it is no longer about being the best in the world, but about being the best for the world.

The New Leadership Paradigm Learning System responds to these needs. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative development resource for the 21st century leader.

We invite you and your organization to become a part of the Barrett Values Centre Leadership Learning System.

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