Web 2.0 and the next generation of telecommunications systems give us the means to manage and communicate the vast amounts of complex and fast-changing information which is needed to understand what is happening and to plan appropriate action.
The FLP Knowledge Library
The Future Leaders Programme brings order to this complexity through the creation of an on-line knowledge library which enables FLP’s community of participants to share and grow their knowledge in a truly collaborative way. The knowledge library software makes it possible to capture, process and give access to vast amounts of interlinked information about change and the future.
Leadership development is now recognised by many UK and US employers to be the number one training priority . This fact is revealed in surveys carried out separately by Henley Business School, the Institute of Directors in the UK and Deloittes in the USA.
The Future Leaders Programme supports the view put forward by Professor David Day and others in the book ”An Integrative Approach to Leaders Development” that the world needs more and better leaders, and that everyone (or nearly everyone) in any role or position can be developed to become a more effective leader through the process of leadership development. Leadership development is included explicitly in all the programme activities, and leadership qualities are continuously assessed as part of the programme.
Programme Structure, Content and Development
For each cohort of participants, the programme begins with two workshops. The first workshop introduces them to the purpose and the aims of the programme, the issues of change and the future, and the benefits they will gain by taking part in the programme. In the second workshop they work in teams on a case study which introduces them to the real-life issues with which they will be dealing on the programme.
Participants use the Knowledge Library as a tool for research, and learn how the work that they and their colleagues do in the programme can be added to the sum of knowledge held in the library. They are introduced to other software tools and systems which can be used for collaborative working, presentations, knowledge development and publishing. They also have access to a selection of online e-learning programmes on the subject of key skills, which they can use to accelerate their learning and test their understanding.
Extending the Future Leaders Programme
The programme can be cascaded down through the organisation by training managers and facilitators to organise and run workshops to introduce their own staff to the programme. Training is also provided to those who are given the responsibility to revise and update the organisation’s own FLP knowledge library.