Centred leadership and continuing professional development

What is the role of continuing professional development in the centred leadership model?

Women are under represented in many professions. An example is the engineering profession, where about 20% of engineering graduates are female, but numbers dwindle as they move through the engineering ranks.  For instance, in New Zealand, women make up only about 5% of Chartered Professional Engineers. Globally we need to develop the best professionals and the best leaders we can – and that means drawing from the total talent pool and providing high quality continuing professional development.

The McKinsey Leadership project set out four years ago to learn what drives and sustains successful female leaders, although their findings apply equally to men.

They found that although women start careers with the same intelligence, education and commitment as men, comparatively few reach the top levels. This matters because not only is the glass ceiling unfair, but also because the world has an urgent need for more leaders. Everyone with the brains, the desire and the perseverance to lead should be encouraged to fulfill their potential and leave their mark.

McKinsey’s centred leadership model embodies five dimensions: Meaning, managing energy, positive framing, connecting and engaging.

Read the McKinsey article by Joanna Barsh, Rebecca Craske and Susie Cranston.

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About the Author

Vivian’s career in professional engineering spanned 35 years of technical, business, management and governance experience. She draws on her industry experience to write articles that are practical and relevant to a wide range of readers. Her aim is to get you thinking and help you meet your continuing professional development requirements.


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