Leadership 2050: Critical Challenges, Key Contexts, and Emerging Trends

A Volume in the International Leadership Association, Building Leadership Bridges Series
Emerald Group Publishing, August 2015

Editor: Matthew Sowcik
Associate Editors: Anthony C. Andenoro, Mindy McNutt, and Susan Elaine Murphy

"The authors of this edited volume go where others fear to tread. They are to be commended first for recognizing that leadership and followership change over time – and second for using their expertise to project what leadership and followership might look like decades from now. Though as the editor himself admits, 'prediction is very difficult, especially about the future,' this book is a worthy look into an admittedly cloudy crystal ball. " — Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

"This book points ahead to the work to be done in every realm of our lives throughout the globalizing world: families working to survive and thrive in challenging conditions, businesses in complex environments tackling tough trade-offs squaring values of profitability, long-term sustainability and social justice; and public organizations, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs working to build collaborative capacity across boundaries to transform cultures of dependency into communities of engaged citizenship and distributed leadership." — Ron Heifetz, Founding Director, Center for Public Leadership and King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School


What kind of leaders will the world need over the next thirty-five years? How will our knowledge of leadership, leadership development, and leadership education change? Leadership 2050 examines the issues, drivers, and contexts that will most likely influence leaders and followers over the next thirty-five years.

There are very few certainties about the future—one of those is that thirty-five years from now, in 2050, the world will be very different than it is right now. Change is inevitable. The second certainty is that any prognostication today, particularly about leadership in 2050, is going to be inaccurate and incomplete. However, this book is not about predicting leadership in 2050. Rather, it is about exploring and discussing integrated solutions to address the complex, adaptive challenges we will face as a global population.

The many authors of this book have embraced the notion that people make up the future and focus on many of the elements that are likely to remain constant regardless of change. Elements like the importance of emotions, creativity, communication, social justice, adapting, context, and time, all of which impact leaders and followers today, and are likely to have an impact into the distant future.

The book begins with a section delving into foresight analysis, strategic foresight, and scenario planning. It then examines the pressing contexts and most wicked problems facing future leaders ranging from population growth and urbanization to climate change and resource competition. How can leaders create common cause and meet these issues with an eye toward peace, sustainability, and social justice? The book concludes with a series of unique ways of viewing the critical challenges facing leaders and suggests how skillsets and capacities needed to work on solutions to these challenges might be developed.

Leadership 2050 helps us think at once about the demands our world is likely to face in the next thirty-five years and the leadership our communities and organizations will need to both survive those challenges and thrive.

Leadership 2050 is a finalist for the Dept. of Leadership Studies 2015 Outstanding Leadership Book Award at the University of San Diego.

Table of Contents

  List of Contributors  
  Foreword Ron Heifetz
  PART ONE: Envisioning Leadership in 2050  
  Leadership in the Future Timothy C. Mack
  Envisioning Leadership in 2050: Four Future Scenarios: A Case for Relevant 2050
Leadership - Preparing for Change
Jeffrey L. Suderman and Philip A. Foster
  PART TWO: Future Leadership Drivers, Issues, and Contexts  
  Leading for Tomorrow in a World Yearning for Social Justice Donnette J. Noble
  Leadership for Sustainability and Peace: Responding to the Wicked Challenges
of the Future
Rian Satterwhite, Whitney McIntyre Miller and Kate Sheridan
  Leadership 2050 - The Call to Shift from Private to Social Reason: Wake Up, Sober Up, and Inquire Stan Amaladas
  Geopolitical Citizenship 2050: From Totalitarian Statism to Polyarchical Ideologies Icarbord Tshabangu
  Healthcare 2050: Anticipatory Leadership, Physician Shortages, and Patient-Centered Care Barry A. Doublestein, Walter T. Lee and
Richard M. Pfohl
  Leadership Education 2050: Changing the Spaces and Faces of Experience Daniel M. Jenkins, Lisa Endersby and
Kathy L. Guthrie
  PART THREE: Exploring Integrated Solutions  
  Emotionally Engaged Leadership: Shifting Paradigms and Creating Adaptive Solutions
for 2050
Nicole L. P. Stedman and Anthony C. Andenoro
  The Global Leadership Psychological Contract Model - Actionable to Shape the Future to 2050 Sebastian Salicru
  Creative Leadership and Social Intelligence: The Keys to Leading in the Digital Age Cathleen Clerkin
  The Strategist Competency Model: The Future of Leadership Development Susan Cannon, Michael Morrow-Fox and
Maureen Metcalf
  Quantum Leadership: Collapsing the Wave Function Michael A. Piel and Karen K. Johnson
  Social Artistry: A Whole System Approach to Sustainable Analysis and Leadership Practice Skye Burn and Jean Houston
  Attentional Leadership Theory: A Framework for the 2050 Leader Bruce H. Jackson
  About the Authors