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Integral Leadership and Developmental Theory - The Competencies to manage Complexity

Most leaders are unable to recognize, let alone change, the structural habits of attention used in their organizations.

- C. Otto Scharmer MIT and founding chair of ELIAS (Emerging Leaders Innovate Across Sectors)

Delivery Options

  • Breakfast or lunch presentation (1 hour)
  • Conference Presentation (1 hour)
  • Master Class (half day)
  • Coaching sessions around content

Brief summary

To thrive in an organization in the 21st century marketplace requires unprecedented leadership capacity and delivery. Large population studies in the USA suggest approximately 5% of leaders operate without the mental and emotional capacity needed to manage complex, systemic change and reliably generate organizational transformation.

This presentation will examine how this 5% have developed such significant capacities and why they are more likely to succeed. It will also consider how leadership discourse is now Integrally informed and how that enables Leaders to lead organisations successfully .

The promise of Integral Leadership is to know when, where, and with whom a given leadership approach will reliably work (and when it will reliably fail). It is a synthesis and integration of 100 years of management and leadership theory and reveals how to accurately assess a given situation, the people involved, zero in on key motivational drivers and select the leadership model most likely to succeed.

Key Ideas Covered

  • Why conventional Leadership insights and models are only partial truths.
  • The Integral approach seeks to incorporate all the essential perspectives and leadership schools of thought into a unified, comprehensive, inclusive and empirically accurate framework.
  • Why it represents a new paradigm and tipping point in leadership capability
  • Integral Leadership is an approach specifically designed to solve complex problems.
  • Its possible to put Integral and Developmental Theory into action in the real working day world.

Key Objectives – What the audience will get out of it

  • A brief review of leadership theory and stylesA window into how Integral Leadership both transcends and includes all other leadership schools
  • Understanding of Behaviour Profiling in the context of Developmental Theory
  • Appreciation of the need for PD that develops participants horizontally (professionally) and vertically (personally)
  • Guided reflection on whether participants are leading effectively
  • Practical knowledge - How conference participants can embrace the practices and perspectives of Integral Leadership and Developmental Theory to generate exceptional personal and professional outcomes
  • Outline evidence-based and experiential practices that be undertaken by executives to accelerate personal Integral leadership capability

Delivery mode

  • Brief TED Presentation style format with minimal Power Point outline.
  • Informational, anecdotal case studies but evidenced-based
  • Q and A Interactive (particularly if the assessment task if completed by participant

On behalf of AUSCHAM, I would like to send a special thank and highly appreciation to your presence and cooperation for the business briefing/luncheon yesterday. You are excellent presenter. Your presentation has shown your deep knowledge and strong experience in that field. It was obvious that all guests coming to business seminar yesterday were interested and perceived valuable knowledge. It is great honour to have your continued support in the future events of AUSCHAM.

Thai Thuy Duong (Ms.) 
Hanoi Chapter Manager
Australian Chamber of Commerce Vietnam (AusCham)
Hanoi, Vietnam

Robert Gordon has developed powerful consultancy that encompass a broad range of knowledge with practical references. I have utilised a range of training programs with Robert that have been of enormous value to the development of my team and to me personally. This has given me and my team insights and the ability to take actions in our fast paced and ever changing environment that keep the team winning, despite the challenges. I highly recommend Robert's programs for business and personal purposes that will enhance performance and power.

Peter Parolo  
Manager Finance and Administration
WA Dept of Water Resources

It's my belief that there is a great opportunity for people in the IT industry to benefit from this type of leadership training that deals directly with relationship to complement the technical training and the pressures of the modern work environment. I look forward to participating in more of Mr Gordon's programs in the future.

Calven Luo 
Director Beijing Software Industry Association
Beijing China

We had a Self-Leadership presentation (by Robert) at Curtin University in the middle of September, by far the best verbally illustrated presentation I have ever attended. Just amazing.

Francisco Rojas
Student in Project Management at Curtin University‬

At our annual Conference in Genting Highlands, Robert’s ability to inspire, motivate and capture the hearts and minds of the group was remarkable. We had countless people comment on his enthusiasm, energy and the dynamics of his presentation. Our delegates found his presentation to be inspirational and the knowledge and information we have gained in just a few hours is priceless.

Woo Mon Loong
Assistant Vice President Training and Education
MAA Insurance
Malaysia

At our annual Conference in Genting Highlands, Robert’s ability to inspire, motivate and capture the hearts and minds of the group was remarkable. We had countless people comment on his enthusiasm, energy and the dynamics of his presentation. Our delegates found his presentation to be inspirational and the knowledge and information we have gained in just a few hours is priceless.

Woo Mon Loong 
Assistant Vice President Training and Education
Kailis Consolidated Pty Ltd

One impressive aspect of this consulting is that it doesn't draw a line between work and home. The content addresses one of the most controversial topics in the workplace of the new Chinese millennium - how to balance work and home.

Guan Jingjun 
Master of Counselling MBA
Kinghao Group Beijing China