Leadership’s grand theory (LGT), poised to help deliver the best that leadership has to offer. LGT explains how leadership works or does not work in any context. At the time of the release of the featured Coursera video, MLI did not release any portion of the related research, nor did it make an announcement. Nevertheless, listen to Peter Northouse talk about theory and the practicality of a good theory. Northouse, James MacGregor Burns, and many other scholars understand what a grand theory will do for leadership and the world. Therefore, his Leadership Theory and Practice book is in our library. The book covers local and mid-range theories, with their strengths, weaknesses, and much more. The design of the book is very useful. The Maxwell Leadership Institute (MLI) awaits the day that Peter Northouse writes about LGT, the sustainable-unsustainable leadership theory (SULT), for scholarship’s sake.
Importantly, MLI believes that Northouse will observe that SULT underpins all leadership theory, practice, and development in any context. That is to say, he will not only observe the practicality for individuals, families, communities, organizations, but governments, militaries, presidents, and kings. The Coursera.org shared the featured video. Moreover, SULT, part of a book entitled Leadership Holy Grail: Leadership’s Grand Theory is currently in press. The ISBN for Leadership Holy Grail is: 978-0-578-99968-5. As a result of a 3-year exploratory sequential-mixed methods study, leadership’s grand theory emerged; the theory offers explanation of empirical evidence cited by the leadership development industry and shown in public surveys (e.g., Pew and Gallup) on leadership over the past decades. Thus, the theory is both predictive and prescriptive. As a result of ongoing crises, MLI initiated actions ahead of the book’s publication to help intervene globally. See one of its actions.
Leadership’s Grand Theory: A High Level Theory
The high-level theory, unlike most grand theories, comes with a dimension that is very practical and would be universally acceptable across the seven continents of the world. Ancient thought leaders Aristotle, Confucius, Gautama, Plato, Sejong, Solomon, Sun Zu, and others agree on the practical principles of LGT. The practical subdimension will replace the 101 or more must-haves declared throughout the fallen state of leadership since they were at work in any effective leadership but unidentified by most.
LGT, also known as the sustainable-unsustainable leadership theory, comes with its first-time formula, a set of definitions, the SULTTM Five-Dimension Model, in the context of its multi-triadic relational model. The definitions are instructive compared to dictionary definitions and the many definitions that continue to mount. See the table below.
The practice of leadership is simple but not necessarily easy. However, the phenomenon of leadership is complex, and some have tried to oversimplify it while omitting essentials. Reductionism in research is efficient in terms of time and budget but does a disservice to understanding the complexity of the art and or science of leadership. Leadership’s grand theory is delivered by an institute partner by its LGT Academy. The academy is the only place in the world that provides the LGT Course. LGT Academy plans first to deliver lectures to 2 million global learners, then to target 4 billion people through its partners, collaborators, and government organizations for positive global impact.