24 Sep 2017
Keynote 10: The Many Paradoxes of Leading for the Future
The Many Paradoxes of Leading for the Future
No matter what your field or industry, leadership today is beset by paradox and conflicting demands, and the manifold of great changes that society and the world is facing makes the future impossibly difficult to predict. When navigating what leadership skills to develop to be best prepared for tomorrow’s learning and education, it thus becomes central not to be too wedded to a singular notion of the future, nor a singular idea about what leadership in the future will look like. In his keynote, professor Alf Rehn discusses the problematics and possibilities in futures thinking, particularly when it comes to school leaders:
- How can we ensure education that is truly futures-aware?
- How do we guard against teaching skills that will be left by the roadside during transformational change?
- How do we lead, when we cannot be certain where the future takes us?
These issues and more will be addressed, including comments regarding the limiting tendencies of professional identity, the paradoxes of leadership, and how to deal with futures we are too frightened to even consciously consider.