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From Observation to Innovation
The product of leadership development—the content that is taught—has traditionally been grounded in the science and research of what leaders should know and understand. For example, research on global leadership has highlighted content around understanding cultural differences. Likewise, the process of leadership development has focused on applying content with sensitivity toward how people learn (e.g., active or passive learning). So while both the product and process of leadership development have been influenced by actual leader input and feedback, observations gained from an embedded leadership anthropologist can bring valuable insight into practical, real-world applications.
There are three key points that leadership anthropologists might consider as they look to apply their leadership observations in content and delivery innovations:
- As the rate of content innovation decreases, the rate of delivery innovation should increase. Therefore, the leadership anthropologist should focus observations on the relevance of the content being taught, as well as the effectiveness of the delivery method being used.
- Long-term productivity gains will be realized as sequences of content and delivery innovations. The leadership anthropologist should be mindful of past and current innovations as a point of departure—a place from which new product and process innovations will drive.
- As content matures, the number and impact of delivery innovations will decrease. The leadership anthropologist needs to discern when content has outlived its usefulness, regardless of any further delivery innovations.
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