Lenses

L&A uses different lenses to strategically address leadership development challenges and opportunities. Each lens provides a different perspective and, taken together, deliver a wider view for a more complete picture.

Developmental Lens

The developmental lens provides a view for assessing, designing, and facilitating leadership development to its fullest potential.

Adult development theories have two dimensions – horizontal growth and vertical growth. Horizontal growth is the most common dimension, since it occurs through exposure to life and its many learning processes, such as training. Vertical growth does not occur as often, yet it is more powerful because it transforms a person’s ways of thinking, feeling, and acting toward a broader perspective, from pre-conventional, to conventional and post-conventional perspectives.

Leadership development theories and models focus on developing human capital – leaders and intrapersonal issues – as well as social capital – social and interpersonal issues.

“Real education consists of drawing the best out of yourself.”   Mahatma Ghandi

Ethics Lens

The ethics lens provides a view for assessing, designing, and facilitating the development of ethical leaders and organizations.

Ethics runs seamlessly across leaders’ lives, and in order to gain an understanding of leadership as a whole, we need to see ethics as an integral part of that whole. Findings from recent research conducted by Marie Legault, Ph.D. on the development of ethical leaders provide a means for developing the fullness of leaders’ ethical potential – to become Ethicful™ leaders – as well as create ethical organizational cultures.

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right”   Nelson Mandela

Generational Lens

The generational lens provides a view for assessing, designing, and facilitating leadership development in order to address the needs of a mixed-generation workforce.

Each employee tends to demonstrate the predominant traits, values, beliefs, work ethics, and mindsets of their generation. An understanding of generational differences and similarities is key in order to create environments that will engage the hearts and minds of all employees. Findings from a study of generational diversity and organizational culture, conducted by Marie Legault, Ph.D., as well as recent survey findings on generational views on ethics provide focus in the search for ways to develop ethical leaders and organizational cultures.

“Every age, every generation has its built-in assumptions, that the world is flat, that the world is round.”
John Hagelin

Whole Systems Lens

The whole systems lens provides a view for assessing, designing, and facilitating integrated leadership development.

Systems thinking is the ability to understand interdependency and change within systems in order to achieve results in a way that maintains and enhances the overall long-term effectiveness of the organization and community welfare. The use of an integral framework and polarity thinking provide a foundation for thinking, feeling, and acting from a whole-system perspective.

“The whole exists through continually manifesting in the parts, and the parts exist as embodiments of the whole.” Otto Scharmer