Advanced Leadership: A New Life Stage and a New Force to Change the World
Challenging global, national, and local problems call for more leaders adept at complex change. The demographic revolution of increased longevity makes available a large population of experienced professionals at the top of their careers with 20 to 30 years of productive life following their income-earning years. Universities can add a new stage of higher education to help accomplished leaders transition to their next years of service, in which they learn new skills as advanced leaders. Examples from Harvard's innovation show the kinds of projects later-in-life social entrepreneurs can tackle around the world: learning neighborhoods, solar lighting for Liberia, solving food waste and hunger with a new retail concept, a nutrition app for smartphones, writing skills for teenagers, educational change for India, and more.