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New Study Highlights Business Leadership Deficit, Calls on New Generation of Disruptive Thinkers

Worldview Thinking, a strategic research firm for social innovators, has released a study highlighting a deficit of business leaders and the need to adopt new leadership skills to compete in today’s increasingly complex global marketplace. “Transformational Leadership: Can It Be Trained?” asserts that most businesses are currently unequipped to embrace innovation and disruptive thinking at the rapid pace needed to succeed in the emerging economy.

In the report, John Marshall Roberts, CEO of Worldview Thinking, posits that to foster transformational leadership a company cannot rely on traditional, skills-based leadership training; instead, additional training may be required to “shift” the fundamental worldviews that leaders use to make day-to-day business decisions. According to Roberts, “There is a huge shortage of programs that truly deliver on the core outcomes required to foster the sort of leadership that will drive transformational levels of business and social change.” Thus, he describes essential outcomes of successful transformational leadership programs as: 

  • Unleashing innovative thinking
  • Cultivating big picture insights
  • Increasing empathy skills
  • Fostering optimism
  • Developing courage
  • Sustaining these outcomes over time

For those seeking leadership programs that might produce transformational outcomes, the report provides these key takeaways:

  • Focus on cause rather than effect. The root cause of all human behavior is the human mind; training must foster change at this root level.
  • Emphasize context rather than content. Information is abundant and cheap; insight is rare and priceless.
  • Never underestimate the power of habit. Old habits die hard. Be prepared for resistance as new changes in thinking take root.
  • Focus on results rather than methods. Don’t limit yourself to a certain training method; look for innovative methods that can produce breakthrough results.
  • Invest in growth. Patience is more than a virtue; it’s a neccesity. There are simply no shortcuts to sustainable growth and success.

Roberts will highlight the report in a four-part series of articles, to appear on Sustainable Brands in the coming weeks. For more information on Roberts and Worldview Thinking, visit


Jennifer Elks is Managing Editor at Sustainable Brands. She is a writer, editor and foodie who is passionate about improving food systems, closing loops and creating more livable cities. She loves cooking, wine, cooking with wine, correcting spelling errors in… [Read more about Jennifer Elks]

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