At the very moment the world has become more complex, we’re educating our young people to be highly specialised. Are we doing them a disservice by telling them that life is a straight path?
Leadership is a social encounter. If the future education curriculum is aimed at preparing young people for a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) job, how likely is it to prepare them for a leadership role and creating jobs?
What will be the impact on business if there are many STEMs and not enough Leaders? What will be the impact on future industries and economies if we don’t pursue STEM? Think about it…
As a knowledge professional (scientist or mathematician):
- You think analytically: approaching issues in a systematic and critical way in search of underlying logic.
- You value objectivity: trying to avoid emotional responses in favour of evidence.
- You evaluate: assessing information based on the validity of the data and the reliability of the source.
- You question: the things you are told and the things you don’t understand.
- You trust the facts and evidence.
As a leader:
- You think creatively and critically.
- You are action-oriented.
- You are risk-tolerant, disruptive and thrive in ambiguity.
- You excite, comfort, and motivate others.
- You have the ability to trust and be trusted.
- You appreciate there are many truths and that evidence/facts can be manipulated and unreliable.
In our rapidly changing world one has to ask about the shelf life of specific knowledge capability, particularly in the areas of science and technology. When will your STEM career plateau?
My message to you comes from Steve Jobs?