One of the reasons it seems so impossible to solve the complex social challenges that our society faces is that we’re waiting for leaders “out there” to do it for us. Well, who are these people? Elected officials, business leaders… our culture has become used to a narrow and hierarchical notion of leadership: one leader and many followers. Few with power, and many powerless. The result of this paradigm is that most of us are turned into victims: we don’t believe we can make the changes we need happen, and it’s not our job anyway. We wait and hope somebody else gets it right. This is a deeply flawed approach to leadership, and we can do better.
Evolutionary Learning Communities – calls for a completely different model of leadership: evolutionary leadership. Evolutionary leadership is shared and collaborative leadership that embraces the complexity and interconnectedness of world problems and acknowledges the need to co-create a synergic system of innovative solutions. This idea that everyone follows and everyone leads is powerful because it captures the understanding that we are co-producers of our social realities.