7th Annual VMI Leadership & Ethics Conference
Strategic Leadership in Times of Global Transition: Past, Present, and Future
November 2-3, 2016
The Fall 2016 VMI Leadership and Ethics Conference will explore the exercise
of strategic leadership during periods of global transition marked by
volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the conference
will explore the intersection of strategic leadership with the marked political,
economic, and military changes from the Cold War to the present.
Involving collaborative efforts of an organization’s top leaders, strategic
leadership involves the process of assessing the external environment,
articulating and aligning organizational vision to meet future environmental challenges,
building consensus, and managing change.
To explore these concepts, George C. Marshall’s strategic leadership will
frame the conference’s overall content. Marshall’s
strategic vision generated the Marshall Plan to rebuild a shattered Europe following
World War II. As the 70th Anniversary of
Marshall Plan approaches, Marshall’s exemplary strategic leadership, especially
in visioning and managing change during a key global transition, provides a yardstick
to measure parallel efforts in contemporary and future contexts.
Through speakers, panel discussions, and VMI’s Ethical Leadership Challenge
– a facilitated small group exercise – the conference will analyze strategic
leadership from the start of the Cold War to the present. The conference will conclude by examining
emerging patterns in the strategic environment and how they will influence the
roles, competencies, and processes needed to exercise strategic
leadership through 2040.
Participants will gain a greater understanding of strategic leadership,
especially of Marshall’s example and how his insights might be applied by
today’s strategic leaders. The conference
will focus on the importance of strategic vision and leadership in shaping the
direction security interests, foreign policy, and global business activity
during periods of global disruption and transition.
To receive notifications on this conference, email Derek Pinkham, Assistant Conference Coordinator.