Commentary

Regenerative Leadership

December, 2021

By: Vicky O'Neill

GM HR Transformation

We are working and living in an everchanging and uncertain world, and in many businesses and walks of life we still struggle to achieve true growth and transformation. Many people and organisations feel like it’s a struggle just to get by.

This encourages one to question if true transformation can come from the increasingly ineffective rational change and leadership approaches that have been used to date. For example, as human beings, we still seek ways to prosper that are detrimental to the planet and to future generations. There is an implicit need to honestly reflect as individuals, teams, and organisations, to consider the impact we have as an interconnected ecosystem of work and community. This revision should consider the implications of leadership and the true purpose of leadership.

There must come a profound shift in how leaders are prepared, enveloped in a transition to increase priority toward systematic consciousness development and the development of emotional intelligence, engaging all intellectual gifts and senses beyond logical reasoning to inner work, and the full stratosphere of humanisation. In becoming aware individually and collectively of our unique nature, we can employ our full authentic selves to engage in purposeful learning and leading, and meaningful work. Then we will live our full potential and then we will achieve true transformation, by leaning into body, heart, mind, and spirit.

This approach is considered regenerative leadership and research has demonstrated a significant correlation between this leadership style and positive global impact through business, education, and community.

Our People Experience Practice (PXP) at EMA strives to support organisations to transcend current organisational capability by assessing leadership potential and capability and designing growth. Leadership capabilities are a set of observable and measurable behaviours which are transferrable across the work environment.

A leadership capability framework is a set of capabilities that define what is required to be successful in a leadership role. A leadership capability framework can be used to inform a range of performance and talent practices, e.g., development, succession planning, workforce planning, performance, and recruitment. This framework would also consider technical and professional capabilities.

The following describes the possible uses of the agreed leadership capabilities:

  • For leadership performance reviews: current leaders could be assessed against the leadership capability requirements, and you could confirm the future capability levels required for their roles
  • For leadership development: leaders at all levels of [the company] can refer to them to understand their gaps and align on development needs or for workforce planning
  • For succession planning: use them as common criteria for leadership teams / board members to calibrate nominees for succession plans
  • For resourcing: use them in your talent acquisition / recruitment processes

Coming soon you will have access to tools to support your leaders to support their teams. In the meantime, please reach out to peopleexperience@ema.co.nz to discuss your leadership capability framework and support programmes today. We are here to help your business succeed.

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