Moral imagination, a Leadership skill you need

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Moral imagination is one of the most important leadership skills you need to future proof your business. 

The recent crises have proven that the skills we most need as a human race are not based on analysis and thinking anymore. Instead, they are based on imagination and creativity. The former skills are part of the Age of Information, and the latter, the Age of Imagination. 

As we move away from the Information Age into the Imagination Age, your leadership skills need to change too. The skills we have got used to deem as valuable, such as thinking and analysis, will no longer be fit for purpose. 

What is moral imagination?

Creativity has been defined as the ability to generate ideas that are original and unexpected but are considered useful or important. However, most likely you don’t just want to come up with great ideas but to make a difference in the world too. And that requires ‘moral imagination’.

Moral imagination means being sensitive enough to be able to visualise a positive change as well as taking inspired action for the service of others and/or of the planet.

Research shows that we already think about moral and relational issues. And, the Black Lives Matter, Climate Reality, and Me too – movements demonstrate that we do something about them too. In effect, we are already practicing moral imagination! But, what does it mean for leadership? 

How to cultivate moral imagination in leadership?

As Jacqueline Novogratz argues in her book Manifesto for Moral Revolution, moral imagination is a muscle that consists of empathy and action taking. She says:

"Moral imagination involves connecting on a human level, analysing systemic issues at play, and only then envisioning how to go beyond applying a Band-Aid to making a long-term difference.

So, moral imagination can be developed – like a muscle! – by practicing. It requires awareness and going beyond our comfort zones to really understand what has to be changed. But, it is also linked to other important skills that any future proof leader needs such as deep listening, humbleness, and audacity. Therefore, it is first and foremost an internal process. 

How do we develop our moral imagination?

At Future Proof Your Business we decided to practice audacity and to explore what moral imagination means to us and for you.

Sue and I started a new free webinar series on Future Proof Leadership Skills on Tuesdays at 3 pm BST. 

Our aim for this webinar series is to help us and you to:

Get clarity on the future you wish to see

Discover the future proof leadership strategies and practices that will transform your life and your business

Learn simple ways to implement these strategies to create positive social impact

Future proof leadership skills include moral imagination, deep listening, humbleness, and audacity. Join our free webinar series!

Whereas we do acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers, we are willing to ask better questions. As a tribe of Future-Proofers, I am sure we can come up with better ideas and action plans that are based on humanity, opportunity, choice, and dignity for us all on this planet. 

If you are interested in joining us, please send us an email and you will get the notifications about our webinars straigth into your inbox.  Do also subscribe to our Telegram Channel!

“We all yearn for meaning and purpose and to be awakened to the new world.”

Anne Bland, Co-CEO of Future Proof Your Business

Anne Bland

Co-CEO of Future Proof Your Business

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