Organisational life beyond Brexit.
As the UK and the world come to grips with the UK electorate decision to leave the European Union, we see the emergence of a phenomenon that has been on my mind for some time, I call it the ‘crisis of followership’. The politicians are demonstrating something that has been alive in the business world for a long time: the removal of leaders for organisational failures.
Both leaders of the winning side and the losing side have announced their decision to step down: what does that do for all those who have followed their leader? They are left with nothing but themselves.
The Leicester conference seeks to provide learning opportunities to study how we take up leadership and followership. Within the temporary institution, the members and staff study the impact of the decisions that they take (or not) and learn about how they take up their roles, make sense of the concept of organisation and find and embody their authority.
The next few years pose significant challenges to leaders, followers and organisations. What we can be sure of, is that when all else fails, we will be left with ourselves and the consequences of our actions. Unlike many of the leaders in western economies who are removed or step down when things get messy or hot, contemporary followers are left behind – asking ‘what just happened?’ but there is no-one there to answer.
So, it is time for followers to begin taking back and taking up their authority to lead their followership and unfold the resilience to live through the consequences of their actions.
Whatever field you are in, finance, politics, the arts, public and civil service or academia etc: we invite you to come to the 70th Leicester Conference, to experience the TAO of Tavistock, and learn about how you can make sense of the ART of ROLE.
Join us from 13 – 26 August in a learning experience akin to the Top Executive Education Summer Schools at the world’s leading Business Schools, in the 4-star surroundings of the University of Leicester’s College Court.
For a brochure or more information, please contact Rachel Kelly:
t: +44 (0)20 7457 3927
‘Wisdom, Happiness, and Courage are not waiting somewhere out beyond sight at the end of a straight line; they’re part of a continuous cycle that begins right here. They’re not only the ending, but the beginning as well.’
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh