Leadership is so often used in our vernacular as something we ultimately reach, as if you were attaining your certificate of competency for completing a simple course – well done you have achieved leadership status. Why are we so obsessed with the idea of attaining leadership?
I am more concerned with a major underlying motivation for the Learning Leadership Executive Forum & Think Tank Workshop held last Thursday, which was more to do with the qualities that a great learning leader must exhibit for an organisation to truly embrace the power of continuous learning.
The Learning Leadership event was by no means the start, or even a catalyst, for inspiring such leadership. One of the most apparent observations from the event, however, was the fact that over 100 learning leaders came together to collectively share their understandings and exhibit true leadership.
I work for an organisation that has a clearly defined and singular vision: change workplace behaviour for good.
I am relatively new to Learning Seat, but in the short time I have been at this organisation, I can clearly see a concerted and demonstrable effort put towards achieving that vision, without it being a mere tagline tacked onto the company brand. This is our point of leadership as a content provider and I am passionate that we, as a vital part of the movement on ‘striving for leadership’, can strive to be better at what we do by connecting with collective bodies of thought leadership in Learning & Development.
After hearing the likes of Kelly Palmer, Phil Tutty, Ashley Spowart, along with the 100+ attendees who shared their insights during the workshops, this event made it abundantly clear that there are more questions than answers out there for thought leaders within the L&D space. This is one of the best things that I could have hoped for in putting an event like this together – a generation of further interest, to communally understand what methods learning leaders can employ into the contexts of their own environment.
I look forward to sharing the full insights of the Learning Leadership Executive Forum & Think Tank within the coming weeks and continuing the conversation further.