In the twenty-first century, leaders are having to speak a new language, create fluid, organic structures and recognise organisations as systems with self-renewing capacity. This book explores what real leadership means, encouraging the reader to look within - examine assumptions, make explicit the trusted mental models, seek out reflective space and embark on the journey of authentic self-expression. It looks at the metaskills of the leader today; complexity - uncertainty and change; connectivity - communication, conversation and dialogue; process - strategy and leadership; stewardship - the leader as servant; ambiguity - leadership incongruities, tensions and paradoxes.
Kurt April is Professor at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Research Fellow at Ashridge Business School in the UK, Orchestrator for Duke Corporate Education in the USA and Associate Fellow at Said Business School at Oxford University. He lectures and researches in the disciplines of leadership, diversity and inclusion.