“What do you find clients want in regard to leadership development these days?” Susan Shain, President of the North California Coro Center for Civic Leadership, posed this question to a small panel at Coro’s annual Board Staff Retreat. I was ready to listen.
I was Chair of the Board of Coro in 2013 , bringing a long-term view as I had worked there for eight years back in the 1970s, leading The Coro Fellows program and its focus on developing innovative, cross-boundary civic leaders. I’ve sustained an interest in leadership development ever since.
For this panel they sought a group that would bring a multi-sector perspective, and they got it. Lenny Mendonca is the recently retired head of McKinsey & Company's San Francisco and Washington D.C. offices; he led a company project on knowledge management among other things. Jeanne Bell is the CEO of CompassPoint,a public interest organization that has been providing consulting to NGOs for more than 30 years. Doug Paxon is co-director of the Leadership Program at St. Mary’s College, one of the first schools to offer a Master’s Degree in Leadership (now there are more than 50 graduate programs he said.)
I want to share what the panelists said, because their comments rang true.