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Seeing the Whole

Steven D’Souza and Oxford Saïd’s Andrew White on reflection and leadership development



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Executive education programs are only partly about the content that is formally delivered from the front of the classroom; increasingly the real pivot of success is more about the ‘meta challenges of how executives can learn for transformation rather than receiving information’.

At the heart of this issue is the trend to enable leaders to become more reflective. The rise of both the acceptance and then the practice of mindfulness across business and other large organizations has been well observed.

In this article, originally published in Developing Leaders, Andrew White, the Associate Dean of Executive Education at Oxford Said Business School, with author and leading thinker Steven D’Souza outline four main themes that can help executive developers design initiatives that will lead to enduring transformative behaviour in their participants. These are Purpose; Shadow Behaviours; Making Space; and Transforming Systems.

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The Saïd Business School is Europe’s fastest growing business school. An integral part of the University of Oxford, it embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education.





 
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