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Organizational Leadership Program emphasizes self-reflection

  • Alvernia MOL

An article in last month’s McKinsey Quarterly, titled “Change leader, change thyself”, starts with this quote from the Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy:

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Powerful words for anyone involved with organizational change. Far too often organizations devote endless hours creating business outcomes and developing skills only to wonder why the much wanted change doesn’t happen.

The McKinsey consultants who contributed to this article, however, argue that planning and workforce development isn’t enough. They write that, “in our work together with organizations undertaking leadership and cultural transformations, we’ve found that the best way to achieve an organization’s aspirations is to combine efforts that look outward with those that look inward. Linking strategic and systemic interventions to genuine self-discovery and self-development by leaders is a far better path to embracing the vision of the organization and to realizing its business goals.”

Erica Ariel Fox one of the authors of this article also wrote the book, “Winning from Within”. She shares great insights in this video explaining how a person needs to look inward to bridge the gap between what you could do and what you actually do.

When a student enrolls in the Masters in Organizational Leadership (MOL) program at Alvernia University in Reading, PA, one of the first classes they take is MOL 520: Leadership Development. As part of this class, students are required to do personal assessments and develop individual leadership development plans.  That’s to ensure the graduates of the MOL program leave prepared to know themselves well enough to be effective leaders.


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