Issue 129 - 02 | Earth Shakers: The Art and Craft of the Global Change AgentBy Dean Williams
Published May 13, 2015 11:00 a.m.
The earth shaker is a global change agent. They may operate at the local level or on the international stage but they appreciate how global forces and dynamics affect local forces and dynamics, and vice-versa. Given the interdependent nature of complex problems, they know they must cross borders and boundaries to get anything significant accomplished, as problems cannot be resolved in isolation.
We need earth shakers because globalization presents a whole new set of challenges for which traditional forms of leadership cannot resolve. Globalization generates forces and dynamics that produce unintended and unexpected consequences—surprises—some that are delightful and some that are threatening and outright scary.”
About Dean Williams | Dean Williams is a faculty member of the Harvard Kennedy School. He leads the World Leaders Project at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership, and chairs the Global Change Agent executive education program, and is also president of Global Leadership Advisory Services. He is the author of Leadership for a Fractured World: How To Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges and Lead Change (Berrett-Koehler, 2015); and Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges (Berrett-Koehler, 2005).www.globalleadership.net