Written by Lisa Canning
There is a bottomless bucket- a plethora- of books, seminars, courses, retreats, workshops and videos- about how to become a leader or improve your leadership abilities. But why is it there is little to no emphasis on how to stop, circumvent, derail and triumph over those who will do all they can to stop you from successfully becoming the leader you were meant to be? No one ever wants to shine the light on the underbelly of a problem for too long, after all the bright spots are far more positive and thus easier to focus on, but “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link” and here lies the great weak link to developing new leadership.
I see many who in earnest have the skills, the drive, the work ethic, the intelligence, the integrity, and for ALL of the right reasons are capable of rising; and yet as they do, instead, are fired, demoted, de-friended or ignored thanks to the efforts of one very small minded, albeit powerful, fear filled individual. After all, isn’t fear, that leads to great insecurity of one’s own lack of ability, the underlying emotion of jealousy? I have seen it countless times and experienced it myself too. Haven’t you?
This all speaks to our societal need for some debridement really. Can we not see that this kind of behavior is synonymous with the quiet way terminates eat away at the foundation of a house? It is those small random acts, those subtly strategic comments made that can quietly begin to erode the foundation of years worth of work and investment on the part of an emerging leader. It should not take some magical potion or for the stars and moon to be aligned for a courageous individual, who works in earnest and earns the right to lead, to become a recognized leader. Nor should it take some magical potion or for the stars and moon to be aligned for jealousy to be appropriately addressed and not rewarded or be allowed to continue~ regardless of an individuals title or powerful position.
If we want our world to change we need new ways of being and doing. And this means addressing the “termites of jealousy” who are eating the foundation away of our emerging leaders for lunch because they can and because no one is stepping up to stop them.
Tips for dealing with professional jealousy:
Global Education, Creativity and Excellence
The impact that a global recession has had on our world has made our awareness of our need to become more globally aware a lot stronger. And to prepare for this profound shift towards a stronger global economy, education has to increasingly continue to shift towards this new reality.
The Kellogg School is preparing its students for this environment through experiential classes such as Global Lab and Global Initiatives in Management (GIM), which offer practical experience for solving business problems throughout the world. Their International Business & Markets Program is encouraging professors across disciplines to infuse an international perspective in every class they teach. And this is the same approach the art and culture sector needs to take to ensure global education is part of artistic and creative development. At the IAE our goal is to become a global educational institution and as such we are working hard to cultivate international educational relationships; our first will begin with Princess Taghrid’s Institute for Art and Handicraft Development in Amman Jordan. In 2013 we will roll out collaborative peer focused online interdisciplinary course work.
And the interest across higher education in advancing a global perspective is clearly on the rise. The American Council on Education’s (ACE) ‘Mapping Internalization on US Campuses’ report indicates that the percentage of US institutions that consider international background, experience and interests when hiring faculty in fields that are not explicitly international increased by over 100% between 2006 and 2011. The proportion of universities taking these factors into consideration increased from 32% to 68% over this period.
Increased global perspective can surely only positively contribute to the rise of creativity, innovation and excellence for cities around the world. With Chicago rolling out their cultural plan in October, I hope Chicago can use our cultural capital in new ways to lead the way in educating other cities how to become global destinations for creativity, innovation and excellence.
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