As I had been in a number of conversations about leadership (What it is. What it isn’t. The odd paradox that there are SO MANY books and articles on Leadership and yet no matter what is written and taught, there seems to be a Holy Grail element to “Leadership”) I opted to talk to staff and students about leadership.
I started thinking: so is there such a thing as Leadership? Are we kidding ourselves? Do I want to stand up and talk about leadership as if it is a given?
I’ve kind of gone round and round with it. In my life, I’ve been led by good leaders. I’ve seen folk take the reins of a situation, a group, a company and work to galvanize and shape and push for a course of action – is that leadership?
The title of the talk is (somewhat pompously) Leadership is Dead: Long Live Leadership
And the experiment is this: I want to bring in your voices, opinions and sources of information ( I’m never good at knowing who said what in what book) to share with the students and Staff of Glasgow City College on the topic of Leadership.
I want to do some crowdsourcing, discussing and debating:
Leadership is Dead – Discuss.
What do you think, know or believe?
How do you think know or believe that?
What evidence do we have that Leadership is dead ( or alive?)