Leadership for Global Responsibility

Need for Responsible Global Leadership

Today many urgent, global and systemic problems threaten the stability of vital ecological, social and economic systems, among them climate change, overexploitation of resources, and continuing poverty. These can be seen mainly as transformational challenges. Addressing them calls for new ways of problem-solving within an international context and requires the collective action of diverse stakeholders, as no single person, organization, country or continent is capable of solving these problems on its own.

There is the need for responsible global leadership that is committed to the well-being of societies and the planet, and capable of transforming collective intention into collaborative action. At local, national, regional and international levels, we need responsible leaders with a highly self-reflective attitude, advanced leadership competencies and a strong motivation to take rapid, ambitious and innovative action in international networks of diverse stakeholders.

GIZ Leadership Development

Leadership development has been a core business for GIZ and its former institutional components for decades. Still, it has not been defined precisely what leadership means in the framework of global reform processes and its contribution to international cooperation, who are possible target groups for human capacity development interventions with the focus leadership and how leadership is executed.

The AIZ approach Leadership for Global Responsibility and the Leadership Journeys the AIZ offers reflect the current developments and explore this emerging new reality of International Cooperation. Leadership for Global Responsibility uses the internationality and diversity as a resource of mutual learning and innovation.

Leadership Journeys

To support participants in their individual development paths, the AIZ offers Leadership development programmes designed as Leadership Journeys. The term training is consciously avoided, as AIZ does not understand leadership as a question of training but of embodying certain values and acting from a certain inner condition and mindset.

Participating in a leadership programme means for participants to be on a personal and collective journey, exploring the outer and inner leadership landscape and reflecting upon individual and collective learning processes.

Journeys can vary in length and content, depending on the group of participants. In the picture below you can see an example for one of the journeys and the issues covered.

The Leadership Competency Framework

The Leadership Journeys apply a dynamic Leadership Competency Framework, that is “co-created, de-constructed and re-constructed” in a permanent dialogue with our partner organisations and fellow travellers of the Leadership Journeys. During a journey, participants use the Competency Framework as a starting point to define and work on personalised competence development goals that reflect their current needs, level of ability and work challenges. The competence development focuses on three key areas of leadership: Cooperation (in international, cross-sectoral and non-hierarchical networks), Transformation (deep structural and cultural changes at the level of individuals, organisations and systems) and Innovation (leaders need to develop profound innovation).

During a Leadership Journey, participants use the overall framework as an inspiration to reflect their current needs, challenges and level of abilities in order to define individual competence development goals that serve as a learning compass during the journey. Whilst travelling the journey, participants pass 5 steps of defining an initial Competency Framework, based upon established good practices and reflecting upon leadership challenges, discussing the framework and maybe modify it according to the backgrounds and experiences, adapting it to the individual situation of each participant and evaluating the framework and experiences of the journey as a group.

The key principles of the AIZ Leadership Approach are:

  • Self-guided Learning Processes
  • Peer-to-Peer-Approach
  • Integrating the Work Context
  • Small teams of Change Agents from one Organization or System
  • Developing Innovative Prototypes for Work-Related Change Projects
  • Process Orientation and Openness
  • Holistic approach

The Toolbox

Participants of Leadership Journeys will be provided with supportive tools. The “Toolbox – Leadership for Global Responsibility” is also the first step to invite the GIZ partners worldwide into co-constructing a new approach for leadership and leadership development. The tool box offers a collection of practical tools and resources for the participants and partners to use in their own leadership work. It supports them in their efforts to facilitate workshops, introduce new concepts and initiate processes of collaborative learning, transformational change and social innovation in their work environment.