Summary of Future Trends in Leadership Development


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Good-bye superhero leaders. It’s time for superpowered teams to take the business spotlight.


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Despite what Marvel Comics will tell you, superheroes have had their day. In an analysis of future leadership development trends, Nick Petrie, a senior faculty member with the Center for Creative Leadership, asks, “What will the future of leadership development look like?” After interviewing 30 experts, Petrie concludes that the era of the “heroic leader” is giving way to “collective leadership” and that leaders need to retake control of their own development within the collective context. getAbstract recommends this white paper to business leaders and human resource managers searching for ways to kick-start development processes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why leadership development should shift from “horizontal” to “vertical” and
  • Why the era of the “heroic leader” is giving way to “collective” leadership.


Business leaders today face an uptick in the “complexity of challenges.” Four trends are coming down the pipeline: “More focus on vertical development” – Imagine an empty glass. In “horizontal” development, you fill the glass with liquid (knowledge and skills) until it is...
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About the Author

Nick Petrie is a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership and is a member of the Leadership Development Program and legal sector.

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