In our complex, interconnected world, we face urgent challenges that require leadership to address. Challenges such as:
These are daunting challenges, but they can be effectively and best addressed by blending the expertise and credibility of business, government and not-for-profit leaders. This is cross-sector leadership, and it is a balanced solution to today's major challenges. Canada needs cross-sector leaders, visionary individuals like Peter Lougheed and Naheed Nenshi who share the unusual combination of skills, motives and career trajectories that mark cross-sector experience.
Each sector has unique value—whether it's a government's authority to legislate and regulate, business' ability to respond to competition through efficiency and innovation, or a not-for-profit's commitment to social good.
Unfortunately, leadership development models in each sector rarely encourage cross-sector exposure and experience. Barriers to cross-sector leadership development include:
To tackle Canada's toughest problems—and solve them—we need to remove obstacles and create avenues for cross-sector development to flourish.
Opportunities to create more cross-sector leaders include: