February 25, 2009

The Five Literacies of Global Leadership

Hames asserts that the current leadership standard is a mess of flawed models and practices that will continue to be practiced by the next generation of leaders unless some new understanding is reached. By observing exceptional leaders, Hames has found that they share a group of thought processes and behavior traits. He has captured these and translated them into the five literacies of leadership. The first of these, networked intelligence, suggests that all information is connected, is situational, and depends on the environment in which it exists. The second of these, futuring, asserts that effective leaders are always looking for patterns and thinking about how things happening today will affect the future. The third literacy, strategic navigation, recommends that while you plan for today, you develop contingencies and stragies to guide you into your desired future. The fourth literacy, deep design, is an appreciation for diversity, multiple perspectives, and discussion with others that give leaders a broader view than they would have alone. The final literacy, brand resonance, recommends that leaders and their organizations work to develop a consistent image, communicating openly with their stakeholders, rather than relying on spin or damage control to repair poor judgements. This is a complex, sophisticated look at how leaders think and operate and will cause readers to consider their own leadership behaviors more consciously.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

The Five Literacies of Global Leadership: What Authentic Leaders Know and You Need to Find Out
Richard David Hames
HM 1261 .H35 2007