Prof Ciaran O’Boyle spoke recently at an International Education Forum held at RCSIs Gathering event. He spoke about leadership of the future and about how models and theories for being a leader into the future are yet to form. This reminded me of John Seely Brown’s thoughts on entrepreneurial learning .
How learning in a digitally networked age has changed ways of learning. Skills sets rapidly become redundant and learners need to ability to learn new skill set and be adaptable more quickly. Basically learners need to be better at learning, rather than solely being task or skill focussed, learning to learn is so important. To facilitate learning how to learn, a teacher need to be a coach and a mentor rather than a didactic instructor, as educators we need to enable learners to take risks, have the ability to play, and facilitate failure as part of the learning process. The video talks about the pull rather than push approach to influencing our learners.
I wonder if this also true of leadership , perhaps leaders in a digital networked age, who lead at a distance on projects with people how are connected via digital networks will need develop skills of pulling and bringing followers with them. John Seely Brown calls for new strategies to enable this; this will be an interesting time as these new strategies are teased out and researched.
Several other speakers also presented topics of interest at the education forum, including Mr Michael Comyn who spoke about resilience and building resilience. He provided useful tips and techniques for ensuring a resilient approach to life.