Transforming Leadership: Becoming a Change Agent in a Complex and Uncertain World
LBJ School of Public Affairs and History, College of Liberal Arts.
"Too many leaders allow the urgent to crowd out the important. Great leaders see beyond the crises of the moment. They bring perspective, vision, and imagination. These are learned behaviors. They do not come naturally."
Thursday, February 27, 2014
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center 1900 University Ave. Room 106 Austin, Texas 78712
Available at AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center garage and surrounding public lots.
Great leaders understand broader changes around them and they use those changes to further their goals. Drawing on a close study of numerous successful leaders in business and government, this lecture will discuss how leaders learn to do this. We will examine how successful leaders acquire information, challenge established modes of behavior, articulate alternative visions, and mobilize personnel and organizational resources for their purposes. All of these tasks require leaders to think creatively and historically. They require strategic wisdom and sound judgment, acquired from disciplined study as well as experience. These are the hardest challenges, and they separate excellence in organizations from much more common mediocrity.
- Understand the sources and characteristics of successful leadership
- Ask better questions and use information more effectively
- Nurture better advisers and motivate better workers
- Find creative solutions to stubborn problems
- Tell a more effective story about what you do and why others should support you.