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Leadership 2050, Critical Challenges, Key Contexts and Emerging Trends

Leadership 2050, Critical Challenges, Key Contexts and Emerging Trends.


Matthew Sowcik, Wilkes University, USA
Anthony C. Andenoro, Association of Leadership Educators, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Mindy McNutt, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA
Susan Elaine Murphy, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK


What kind of leaders will the world need over the next thirty-five years? How will our knowledge of leadership, leadership development, and leadership education change? Leadership 2050 examines the issues, drivers, and contexts that will most likely influence leaders and followers over the next thirty-five years.

There are very few certainties about the future-one of those is that thirty-five years from now, in 2050, the world will be very different than it is right now. Change is inevitable. The second certainty is that any prognostication today, particularly about leadership in 2050, is going to be inaccurate and incomplete. However, this book is not about predicting leadership in 2050. Rather, it is about exploring and discussing integrated solutions to address the complex, adaptive challenges we will face as a global population.

The many authors of this book have embraced the notion that people make up the future and focus on many of the elements that are likely to remain constant regardless of change. Elements like the importance of emotions, creativity, communication, social justice, adapting, context, and time, all of which impact leaders and followers today are likely to have an impact into the distant future.

The book begins with a section delving into foresight analysis, strategic foresight, and scenario planning. It then examines the pressing contexts and most wicked problems facing future leaders ranging from population growth and urbanization to climate change and resource competition. How can leaders create common cause and meet these issues with an eye toward peace, sustainability, and social justice? The book concludes with a series of unique ways of viewing the critical challenges facing leaders and suggests how skillsets and capacities needed to work on solutions to these challenges might be developed.

Leadership 2050 helps us think at once about the demands our world is likely to face in the next thirty-five years and the leadership our communities and organizations will need to both survive those challenges and thrive.

About the Series

Building Leadership Bridges is the book series of the International Leadership Association; annual volumes capture the best contemporary thinking about leadership from a diverse range of scholars, practitioners, and educators working in the field of leadership and leadership studies. In keeping with the mission of the ILA, the book series connects ways of researching, imagining, and experiencing leadership across cultures, over time, and around the world. The series moved to Emerald Group Publishing in 2015.

Draft Table of Contents of this volume

With a Foreword by Ronald Heifetz, Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership and the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Envisioning Leadership in 2050

Introduction | Matthew Sowcik

Chapter 1: Leadership in the Future | Timothy C. Mack

Chapter 2: Envisioning Leadership in 2050: Four Future Scenarios | Jeffrey L. Suderman, Philip A. Foster

Future Leadership Drivers, Issues & Contexts

Introduction | Mindy McNutt

Chapter 3: Leading for Tomorrow in a World Yearning for Social Justice | Donnette J. Noble

Chapter 4: Leadership for Sustainability and Peace: Responding to the Wicked Challenges of the Future | Rian Satterwhite, Whitney McIntyre Miller, Kate Sheridan

Chapter 5: Leadership 2050 -

The Call to Shift from Private to Social Reason: Wake Up, Sober Up, and Inquire | Stan Amaladas

Chapter 6: Geopolitical Citizenship 2050: From Totalitarian Statism to Polyarchical Ideologies | Icarbord Tshabangu

Chapter 7: Healthcare 2050: Anticipatory Leadership, Physician Shortages, and Patient-Centered Care | Barry A. Doublestein, Walter T. Lee, Richard M. Pfohl)

Chapter 8: Leadership Pedagogy 2050: Changing the Spaces and Faces of Experience | Daniel M. Jenkins, Lisa Endersby, Kathy L. Guthrie

Exploring Integrated Solutions

Introduction | Susan Elaine Murphy

Chapter 9: Emotionally Engaged Leadership: Shifting Paradigms and Creating Adaptive Solutions for 2050 | Nicole L.P. Stedman, Anthony C. Andenoro

Chapter 10: The Global Leadership Psychological Contract Model - Actionable to Shape the Future to 2050 | Sebastian Salicru

Chapter 11: Creative Leadership and Social Intelligence: The Keys to Leading in the Digital Age | Cathleen Clerkin

Chapter 12: The Strategist Competency Model: The Future of Leadership Development | Susan Cannon, Michael Morrow-Fox, Maureen Metcalf

Chapter 13: Quantum Leadership: Collapsing the Wave Function | Michael A. Piel, Karen K. Johnson

Chapter 14: Social Artistry: A Whole System Approach to Sustainable Analysis and Leadership Practice | Skye Burn, Jean Houston

Chapter 15: Attentional Leadership Theory: A Framework for the 2050 Leader | Bruce Jackson


Book Information

ISBN Print: 9781785603495
ISBN Electronic: 9781785603488
ISSN: 2058-8801
Publication Date: 30 July 2015
Format print: Paperback
Page count: 300
Dimensions: 152 x 229
Audience: Professional and Scholarly

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"This book points ahead to the important work to be done in every realm of our lives throughout the globalizing world: families working to survive and thrive in challenging conditions, businesses in complex environments tackling tough trade-offs squaring values of profitability, long-term sustainability and social justice; and public organizations, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs working to build collaborative capacity across boundaries to transform cultures of dependency into communities of engaged citizenship and distributed leadership."

Ronald Heifetz, Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership and the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School 


"The authors of this edited volume go where others fear to tread. They are to be commended first for recognizing that leadership and followership change over time - and second for using their expertise to project what leadership and followership might look like decades from now. Though as the editor himself admits, "prediction is very difficult, especially about the future", this book is a worthy look into an admittedly cloudy crystal ball."   Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School