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Coaching Ourselves: Social Learning for Leadership Development
with Jonathan Gosling and Phil LeNir

When: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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The leadership challenge in organizations has grown to a crisis level. In 2015, 87 percent of companies globally cited "gaps in their leadership pipeline" as one of their top issues (Bersin, 2016). These gaps are occurring at all levels of the organization.

Peer-Coaching, based on the approach to management education developed by Henry Mintzberg — 2013 ILA Lifetime Achievement Award winner — and Jonathan Gosling, is one of a family of new group based self-directed leadership development approaches. Peer-Coaching allows an organization to introduce and spread self-directed leader led development, and creates internal capacity for ongoing leadership growth.

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Bersin, Josh. (2015, May 28). The Four Keys to Bold HR: Lessons for the Year Ahead. [Blog]. Retrieved from http://www.bersin.com/blog/post/The-Four-Keys-to-Bold-HR--Lessons-for-the-Year-Ahead.aspx.

Speaker Biographies

Jonathan Gosling is Professor Emeritus of Leadership at the University of Exeter. His most recent book, Napoleonic Leadership: a Study in Power (with S. Jones, 2015) examines the power-games of business and public life. He is lead faculty at The Forward Institute, encouraging practical means to embed responsible leadership practices. He is currently composing case studies of exemplary leadership development in health services worldwide; working on management of malaria elimination and linking agriculture to peacebuilding. All these draw on participatory, contextually embedded development of leadership. He offers a one-week seminar Roundtables for Practicing Managers that provides a comprehensive exploration of his approach.

Phil LeNir
is co-founder and managing partner of CoachingOurselves where he has worked with hundreds of organizations designing and delivering learning and organizational performance solutions, delivering numerous workshops throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, and Europe. Previously, Phil spent 15 years in management positions in high-technology companies specializing in speech-recognition systems. With experience ranging from developing and architecting large scale speech recognition systems to managing software teams spread across the globe, Phil has a unique mix of practical management, innovation management and business experience. He holds a Masters of Management and Honors Engineering degree from McGill University in Canada.