An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

From Uncertainty to Transformation: Emergent Generative Team Leadership from the Void

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with Kathleen A. Curran, PhD & Randal Joy Thompson, PhD

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In 2020, a worldwide leadership void left an opening that filled with turbulence, “a state of unpredictable change that was not foreseen,” and chaos, that is, “extreme turbulence” (Lane & Down, 2010). We all experienced the turbulence and chaos occurring on multiple layers: externally in society, and internally in our organizations, communities, and teams. Based on the authors’ research and contribution to Driving Social Innovation: How Unexpected Leadership is Transforming Society (2022, Fielding University Press), the aim of this webinar is to explore and elaborate a new kind of leadership more salient to the present pandemic-imposed amplified uncertainty in the world: Emergent Generative Team Leadership, ignited and fueled by the four forces of intent, hope, care, and love. We argue that Emergent Generative Team Leadership supplants the hero archetype with a more dynamic, empowered leadership approach better suited for the inevitable environment of uncertainty our future holds.

Together, we define and unpack the void that triggered the need for a new construct of leadership, then curate the theoretically grounded construct of generative leadership that emerged worldwide to fill that void. A description of the distinguishing four forces igniting generative team leadership follows with real-time, real-life illustrations of the emergent process— from teens, to communities to corporate contexts— that filled urgent needs of the moment and continued. Fast forward to 2023 and we consider questions of the sustainability of this new form of team leadership that converts access to socio-emotional resources into assets, forming a new social fabric going forward.

By attending this webinar, participants will

  • Challenge conventional thinking and consider a new leadership construct based on generative teams, not individuals;
  • Open new points of view toward the possibilities offered by team leadership within environments of chaos and uncertainty; and
  • Discern the power of socio-emotional resources as igniting fuels of adaptive clarity, aligned purpose, agile innovation, and limitless drive to meet continuously changing needs.
Kathleen Curran

Kathleen A Curran, PhD is a global coach, facilitator and boundary spanning strategist. Founder of Intercultural Systems, with 25 years professional experience in Asia, she specializes in the intersection of intercultural competencies, leadership, and global strategy in support of individual, team, and organizational global leadership development with concomitant inclusive mindset and practices. She co-edited Reimagining Leadership on the Commons: Shifting the Paradigm for a More Ethical, Equitable, and Just World (2021) and publishes in the domain of global leadership development. Connect with Kathleen on LinkedIn

Randal Joy Thompson

Randal Joy Thompson (PhD, Fielding) is an international development professional who is currently Chief of Party for the USAID West Africa Peace through Evaluation, Learning, and Adaptation Project managed from Accra, Ghana, and a Fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University. Her books include: Reimagining Leadership on the Commons: Shifting the Paradigm for a More Ethical, Equitable, and Just World (2021); Proleptic Leadership on the Commons: Ushering in a New Global Order (2020); and Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability (2018).

Lorraine Stefani

Lorraine Stefani (Moderator, Time #1) Emeritus Professor of Higher Education: Leadership (University of Auckland), independent researcher, and leadership coach. She has provided leadership consultancy in many organisations including the NZ Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia.  She is a leadership coach for individuals in universities in New Zealand, Australia, and Pakistan. She has published and presented widely in her field of higher education academic leadership and organizational change. Her ILA interests include Women in Leadership, Leadership Development and Leadership Scholarship. She is an arctophile, a keen amateur photographer, model maker, and reader of contemporary crime fiction.

Chrys Egan

Dr. Chrys Egan (Moderator, Time #2) is the Associate Dean of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts and a Professor of Communication at Salisbury University in Maryland. She is Past-Chair of the International Leadership Association’s Women and Leadership, Past-President of the Popular Culture Association in the South, and President of the Maryland Communication Association. She has 35 academic publications and 50 popular press articles on communication, leadership, and culture. She is co-editor of the book Pathways into the Political Arena: The Perspectives of Global Women Leaders. She is co-editing a special issue of Merits international journal on “Changing Realities for Women and Work,” and co-editing a book series on Transformative Women Leaders. She earned awards for President’s Diversity, Outstanding Faculty, Alumni Faculty Appreciation, Outstanding Research Mentor, Distinguished Faculty, BEACON Scholar-in-Residence. University System of Maryland Excellence in Mentoring, Maryland Top 100 Women, Leadership Maryland, and Women and Leadership Outstanding Practice with Local Impact.