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The Current and Next Generations of Leaders


Educational Approach


In accordance with the institute’s mission and role towards individuals, organisations, and society in general, the educational approach is a person-centred one. Each of the participants in our programmes is being prepared to shoulder an enhanced executive leadership role, or a leadership education one, or both. The term participant is therewith preferred to that of student. 


Leaders are Guides


There are romantic, heroic, and mythical legacies and images about leadership. In reality our future graduates are or become pragmatic guides. By the specific talents, skills, and competencies the leader-guide can respond most effectively to the leadership tasks at hand. In fact, the scope and depth our leadership development programmes attain, simply surpass that of a 'mere' curriculum.  


Leadership Needs and Realities


All organisations, regardless of their type or size, rely on effective leadership. The adoption of innovative type of leadership approaches is a requirement for society in general, for example in light of the planetary climate change perspectives. The leadership development programmes and curricula offered at our affiliates meet a critical need and requirement : that leaders be able to meet expectations in relation to, for example, initiating and leading positive change processes.


Discovery and Mastery


Through the INSIL leadership courses, the participants achieve forms of mastery of their competencies; discover and deploy previously untapped leadership abilities, and gain a full-width perception and vision of the contexts and environments in which they evolve throughout their careers. The myriad of new insights and learning experiences gleaned at various stages of the programme allow our graduates to address the numerous challenges and changes ahead.   


Transformation and Balance


One of the major objectives of the INSIL-programmes is to support personal transformation process : the growing into being a better prepared leader, including the finding of an improved if not - ideal - personal balance, a new form of equilibrium. Transformation and balance are inherent to any type of system, and are two pivotal elements in the life of leaders. Being a transformational lever that lifts the organisation towards the achievement of its mission, a leader also ensures that the goals are shared by each member in an organisation.


Excellence as a Habit


Learning how to lead, and how to be a better leader, or the striving for excellence in leadership... The institute’s mission of actively contributing to the learning process of the indispensable competencies and skills each guide-leader of a human organisation needs to have, is also one of becoming a true master in the art of leadership. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle stated: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit". He said so more than 2,300 years ago; his wise words undoubtedly prove to be valid, as well as for the future.


Leading and Complexity


Leadership is a distinctive field of study and practice. Not often is leading a straightforward process; it may at times be quite confusing. With its interdisciplinary component, leadership encompasses many fields, such as human behaviour; ethics; climate change; management; global business; strategy; science, societal systems,... Reaching self-mastery in personal leadership is equally important, as leaders face dilemmas, ambiguity, conflict, decision gridlock, stress, or crisis. Those events arise throughout one's career, and perhaps more often than not.


Inspiration and Resources


Extensive research, initiated in the early 1990s, preceded the launch of the curricula, and the course content improvement and enrichment  takes place on a continuous basis. The leadership courses and programmes also borrow from 'regional' approaches around the world. Rooted in the blended soil formed by the learning concepts originating from Europe, North-America, Asia, Middle East, and Africa, our institutions' programmes form a bridge-of-synergy between the intercontinental leadership thought, learning, and professional practices.


Sustainable Development


The cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach to leadership development also forms a very enriching basis for the furthered self-development of our graduates who lead locally or across nations. In fact, the term sustainability starts at the individual level. In other words, leading in a sustainable way is a matter that goes almost without saying; it is a state of being, a way of life.


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