Herb Rubenstein has thought, written, lectured extensively and developed a unique perspective on leadership that he supports with many examples of successful leaders. He distinguishes between "leaders" and "leaders of leaders". Leaders are people who see existing problems and develop solutions for those problems with the support of the group they lead. Leaders of leaders play the more important role of developing organizational "platforms" for preventing whole classes of problems from arising in the first place and guiding leaders when problems arise within the organization. The future would be brighter if society encouraged more leaders of leaders to emerge, but Herb believes that most Western societies only encourage the emergence of leaders, not leaders of leaders. In his talk, Herb will explore how we can encourage the emergence of more leaders of leaders in the future through improved technology, more ethical decision making frameworks, and other tools.

About the speaker

Herb Rubenstein is an attorney, member of the World Future Society and its US National Capital Region chapter, a founding director and member of the Association of Professional Futurists, and a founding member and advisory board member of the Society for Leadership Change. He is the founder and president of Growth Strategies, Inc. a strategy, management, leadership, and innovation consulting firm, which, among other services, conducts leadership audits and designs custom leadership courses for clients. Many of his writings on leadership and other management topics are available on the company website, http://www.growth-strategies.com He is co-author of Breakthrough, Inc.: High Growth Strategies for Entrepreneurial Organizations. He has recently moved his company's base of operations from greater Washington to Denver, Colorado, and will be teaching courses on Leadership for Lawyers at the University of Denver, The National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and the Office of Personnel Management. He is also working on another book, which considers whether in the modern world people who have been only followers can easily become leaders.