Growing capable, ethical leaders is one of the most important and complicated responsibilities countries have. Being on the vanguard of leadership development, Emerging Leaders Dialogue (ELD) Canada recognizes that leadership does not come just from a textbook but rather from experiences that create dialogue and build the emotional and intellectual capacity of participants. And now, many leading corporations are also moving away from the leadership development programmes of the past and towards experiential learning.
"We need to rethink how we're developing leaders for these ever-changing times and a lot of it isn't about what we've done in the past which is why we've moved away from the classroom. We are now putting much more emphasis on experiential learning. This involves initiatives such as taking those being trained in leadership out into organisations dealing with very difficult real world problems." - Brian Glaser Director, Google
The 2019 CCELD programme is planned for spring 2019 in Jamaica and will involve 60 emerging leaders from 15 countries; academic programme partnerships have been secured-locally with the University of West Indies and with The Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec; and three programme sub themes have been selected in consultation with alumni and Caribbean sector representatives:
1) Green and Blue Economies
2) Technology and Innovation
3) Culture and Tourism
The goal for the dialogue is to promote leadership growth and regional sustainable development between diverse groups and to create opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration amongst participants and established organizations via facilitated and experiential learning.
The purpose is to provide an opportunity for up and coming leaders from Commonwealth countries to examine the relationship between diverse sectors, community, and sustainable development practices in a real life setting; and, to be challenged on their assumptions and preconceived notions of what it takes to be a leader.