A random photo of the Earth from space.

For those of you familiar with my various outpourings in the UK and Indian media over the past two years, I’ve been expounding on the virtues of what I call borderless leadership: a newly evolving type of leadership for the twenty-first century which both responds to fresh demands from the global economy, equips us to tackle shift-shaping global challenges, and reflects dispositions to work and identity.

Despite many attempts to coalesce my thoughts into a single body of writing, More Important Things have gotten in the way (funding bids, conferences, marking, triple digit email inboxes and the like). Even when I finally found a shaft of light in my diary, it’s been a struggle to write it in the way I’d like.

It was then someone much wiser than I advised me to shift gears, and entertain the possibility of blogging it instead. So here goes. The first post, due later in the week, will talk about the drivers for borderless leadership: economic demands, what we know about the future of work, the inadequacy of our current approach to global challenges, and how we in general  -not just Millennials – want our working lives to be like.

In that first post, and indeed throughout this series, I will emphasise that borderlessness (try saying that after a few drinks (or in my case, half a gin and tonic) is not simply a runaway disease we have to respond to or face the ghastly consequences. It is also embodies a set of attitudes and values to the contemporary world – some new, some not  – which we would like to bring into being.

I hope you enjoy, but also engage with these posts. I want these pieces to speak to a larger conversation not just about leadership, but how leadership should be promoted through higher education, and, in turn, about the transformation of higher education to promote whole person development and respond more fully to the wider world. So, please do post comments below my posts, tweet at @pathik10, or, for longer rants, email me at P.Pathak@soton.ac.uk.

Looking forward to the conversation!


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