Leadership model fit for 21st century

A groundbreaking report outlining a leadership model fit for purpose in the 21st century has been launched at City law firm CMS Cameron Mckenna.

‘The Invisible Elephant & the Pyramid Treasure: Tomorrow’s Leadership – the transpersonal journey’ was authored by John Knights, Chairman of LeaderShape, and published by Tomorrow’s Company, in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants(CIMA), PwC UK, Tata and Korn Ferry Whitehead Mann.

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An unprecedented change in the demands of leadership and the recent ‘shareholder spring’ has highlighted a need for leaders who prioritise the true stakeholders of their organisations – customers, employees, suppliers, the community, the planet, and the shareholders – rather than putting personal reward first.

This report charts the journey towards becoming a ‘transpersonal leader’. Transpersonal leadership is the development of a leader beyond their personal ego in order to fully consider and act on the needs of all stakeholders. This type of leadership is a better fit for the future, and has been developed from 13 years of experience of working with senior leaders.

The launch event, attended by over 100 leading professionals from the City, saw John Knights explaining the values and findings that underpin the report. Ian Powell, Chairman of PwC UK and a champion of values based leadership, then discussed his own journey and experiences. This was followed by a lively panel discussion featuring Charles Tilley FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive, CIMA; Richard Emerton, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry Whitehead Mann; and Nupur Singh, HR Director, Tata Consultancy Services.

John Knights, report author and Chairman of LeaderShape, said:

“Traditionally, leadership develops subconsciously and randomly, based on experience. Transpersonal leadership speeds up development, so that managers think beyond their own ego to encompass the needs of all stakeholders.   We develop leaders’ awareness, emotional intelligence and an understanding of their default responses, especially when under stress.”

“Leaders usually ponder how to change strategies, structures, processes, opinion and other people …but if we are going to cope with a changing world, we must first change ourselves!”

Tony Manwaring, Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s Company, said:

“If leadership is the ‘Invisible Elephant’ in the room, so we dare to believe that this work is a hidden gem that can change what leadership is, what it means, and what it needs to be for the 21st century.”

“The real wealth of insight – the ‘Pyramid Treasure’ – is contained in the ‘Eight Integral Competencies of Leadership’, which forms the heart of the work. Herein lies the true power of this new leadership framework – it plots a course from the personalalong a pathway to transpersonal – beyond the ego leadership, which fully recognises the needs of others.”

Charles Tilley FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive, CIMA, said

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“This report is very timely, given the recent widespread dissatisfaction with corporate leaders. One problem is that many leaders are not aware of how their behaviour, and how they deal with other people, affects their own performance and the performance of the organisation. We therefore emphasise skills in management competencies, such as communication, influence, negotiation and, of course, leadership, in the CIMA qualification.

IanPowell, Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC UK, said:

“There is a very simple view that we should ‘do the right thing for our clients, our people and our community’. I think in this day and age employees in every business need to believe in the values and ethics of the organisation they work for – and that is doubly true in a firm that provides the type of services that PwC offers.”