There are three levels of managerial skills in any organisation. They are technical, human relations, and conceptual. Of the three, conceptual skills are the most important. Conceptual skills refer to the manager’s ability to regard the organisation holistically, to understand how its various parts depend on each other, and to know how it impacts its external environment. Regenerative leadership happens at this level.
What Is Regenerative Leadership?
Regenerative leadership is purpose-driven leadership. It understands that a business problem is not just a sum of its part but rather a part of the whole. So, it focuses on creating business solutions that not only benefit the organisation but cause the natural and human ecosystem to flourish. It is problem-solving on a systematic scale rather than the traditional mechanistic approach. Its end goal is sustainability on a global scale.
A regenerative business thinks beyond its bottom line. It becomes intentional in its operations by modelling living systems, which live and die sustainably. Business is no longer about extracting maximum virtue from society or doing no harm, but rather about doing business in a way that benefits every stakeholder – employees, shareholders, host communities, and even the earth.
A Regenerative Mindset Imparts Conceptual Managerial Skills
So, every manager needs a regenerative mindset to buoy their conceptual managerial skills. Managers can build this mindset by refusing to think of business problems in isolation. Instead, they should see them as resulting from dysfunctional systems. This attitude will keep their attention on solving system issues so that the problems they generate naturally disappear.