Un appel au leadership évolutionnaire pour incarner un nouveau paradigme de développement

(Article publié dans Presidency Key Brief – Eté 2012)

Nous sommes témoins « d’une fin de monde » – correspondant à la conclusion simultanée de trois grands cycles: 1) Un cycle de 30 ans d’ultra-capitalisme et d’hyperconsommation qui a été caractérisé par des excès économiques au détriment du social et de l’environnement, des conséquences en termes de mal-être pour d’innombrables personnes, et le pillage des ressources de la planète. 2) Un cycle d’environ 300 ans de modernité qui a apporté de multiples libertés et des droits humains et sociaux pour beaucoup, mais aussi une objectification de la nature et des humains, y compris de nouvelles formes d’inhumanité. 3) Une « ère mentale » de 3000 ans qui a pour conséquence un déséquilibre entre intellect et intelligence du cœur et du corps. La conjonction de ces trois cycles a conduit à des formes de leadership qui ont limité le développement des individus, de leurs communautés, et dégradé leur rapport à la nature et la signification de la vie. Continue reading

A call for evolutionary leadership to embody a radically new development paradigm

(Article published in Presidency Key Brief – Summer 2012 issue)

We are witnessing, as some have identified it, “the end of a world” – as three great waves are now ending simultaneously: 1) A 30-year wave of ultra-capitalism and hyper-consumption that has been characterized by damaging economic excesses at the expense of social and environmental well-being of countless people, as well as the mindless pillage of the earth. 2) A 300-year wave of modernity that has brought multiple freedoms and human/social rights, but also an objectification of nature and humans, including new forms of inhumanity. 3) A 3000-year “mental age” – that has resulted in an imbalance between mental intelligence and body-heart intelligence. The conjunction of these three cycles has produced leadership forms that have inhibited the development of individuals, their communities, their harmonious relationships with nature and the meaning of their life. Continue reading

Emerging concepts and forms of integral leadership: Embodying a radically new development paradigm

(Published in the Integral Leadership Review [1] – October 21, 2011)

My intention in this article is to explore emerging concepts and forms of integral leadership, pursuing how they can be scaled up to bring humanity – across the planet – onto an evolutionary and sustainable course. After offering some fresh distinctions about leadership, the article calls for a shift to a radically innovative development model and points to key qualities and practices of evolutionary leadership. I then share some views on the multiplying effects of an integral approach to leadership development – in the context of a transformation of education – and conclude with some avenues to disseminate these emerging leadership forms, so as to deal constructively with what Barbara Marx Hubbard 1 calls the current “birthing pains” of a new civilization. Continue reading