This presentation was given by Keith Stopforth to the APM South Wales & West of England branch membership in Bristol on Thursday 10th April 2014.
Keith shared his observations of leadership and leadership development, as well as inviting the audience to share their experiences of what is going on in their business or industry today. This presentation was suitable for all levels of the project management profession.
The session began by exploring the world of leadership as it is now. Looking at the profound changes in society, commerce, technology and the global economy that are driving change at the fastest pace many leaders have ever known. This set the context for the main focus of the session which looked at leaders and how they can survive and thrive in this new world.
Keith focussed on four key areas that he believes are central requirements for 21st century leaders to master:
- Learning Agility
For this session Keith referred to leaders at all levels and for those who have to lead without authority - such as project leaders. Often they have to influence and negotiate resources with people and this can draw on the four areas above even more intensely.
Projects often involve challenges such as meeting deadlines, building commitment and working with limited resources - perhaps more so for the interim project manager negotiating his/her way around companies with the pressure of tight deadlines. At these times resilience and learning agility are needed even more so.
Keith's style is to facilitate, be slightly provocative and get the audience thinking in groups so that the learning can be shared across the room. His presentation can be seen below: