Leadership has evolved throughout human history. Each era requires its own unique leadership model. These have included the tribal leader and village elders, aristocratic nobility and the professional model of the industrial era. The digital – global era of the twenty-first century suggests a new model of leadership. Our approach is an evolutionary progression of management style.
This leadership style of the twenty-first century is integral, holistic and comprehensive. It involves the capacity to see the big picture, the dynamics of a social ecosystem and to organize the fragmented chaos of daily experience into an orderly framework to effectively achieve objectives.
Above all, it involves a dynamic integration of learning and action.
Integral Leadership requires new tools and practices appropriate for the complexities of our time. The foundation is holistic thinking. It is about how things fit together, how they are interdependent and work with an essential unity. It requires the ability to see your community as an ecosystem.
Transition Centre naturally draws on the work of general system founder Ludwig von Bertalanffy. It also draws on the work of Odum brothers and an ecosystems model (Link)
The TC Integral Leadership and Learning model draws heavily from the work of Alfred Korzybski (See Page). Korzybski’s work arguably helped development of the fields of general systems theory, cybernetics, information and decision theory and, by extension, ecosystems science. By extension we can embrace other metaphors of complex systems such as chaos theory, dissipative structures and the emergence process.
The TC Integral Leadership and Learning model also draws on R. Buckminster Fuller’s Synergetics (a geometry of thought) and design science, Ralph Borsodi’s problem centered model of life-long education of the whole person (See page), and Peter Senge’s work in the application of general systems to management of complex, learning organizations.
The Cove Institute was named after a beautiful place on the California coast where several extended conversations were held that gave synthesis to a sequence of projects related to philosophical, psychological and practical developments in learning during the last half of the twentieth century.
The questions asked included:
1. How do you prepare individuals, organizations and communities to achieve self-determination?
2. How do you achieve adaptive resilience in the face of enormous change?
3. How do you undertake purposeful transformative change?
This is the mission of the Cove Institute.
On a personal level, do you want to lead a more self-reliant life? Do ideas like personal independence, self-actualization, self-fulfillment, liberty and freedom appeal to you? Self-Reliance: Achieving Personal Resiliency and Independence (link) is designed to assist you in pursuing your own destiny.
Self-Reliance: Achieving Personal Resiliency and Independence is the first of a series of books (it is a workbook) that lay the foundation of the Well-Formed Personality(TM) and for Integral Leadership. This book is a product of a sustained effort to address the issues of accelerating change and complexity in life.
In this book you will learn about:
· Your integral role in the natural order of things
· Your capacity to master the challenges of living
· A holistic framework for learning
· Practices for living more effectively, and
· An intensive practice in individuation: The Well-Formed Personality(TM)