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The Institute for Postindustrial Leadership

To meet the demands of today’s rapidly changing world, modern leaders can no longer rely on a traditional model for effective leadership. Many of these antiquated methodologies focus on tactics and processes dating back to the early 20th Century (industrial) rather than targeting the complexities and challenges of a modern (post-industrial) organization. As a result, few leaders truly learn to change their own behavior or change organizational culture. Being a good leader does not involve a checklist of actions to meet a desired outcome, nor is it a hierarchical, pragmatic or cost-benefit strategy of an organization. Leadership today—true leadership— requires establishing shared values and encouraging people to lead with you. Leadership is not a model; it is a mindset. 
The Institute for Postindustrial Leadership at the University of Indianapolis supports a new paradigm of leadership principles—separating leadership from management by debunking traditional myths of leadership that have remained virtually unchanged and unchallenged since the 1920s. The Leader Education and Development (LEAD) program expands on the principles of leadership experts (Burns, McClelland, Rost, Hollander and Barker) through innovative research conducted in collaboration with successful and progressive corporations. Participants move beyond thinking of themselves as motivators toward a bottom line. The LEAD program redefines the principles of what participants view as good leadership, instead focusing on the value of mutually influential relationships built on shared goals.

The significance of the Institute's Mobius logo is that it symbolizes the symbiotic nature of leadership — the Mobius does not confine leaders and followers to distinct and mutually independent roles. The Mobius forms a single sided shape with one orientation that illustrates interchangeable roles and signifies the multidirectional influence relationship between leaders and followers based on their mutual purposes.