The current situation in the world is characterized by a breakthrough in advanced technologies which leads to development and change of societies. During this process, conservative beliefs and values may become obstacles to change. Overcoming this situation is possible by transition from conservatism to liberalism through human resource development (HRD). An organization working in a conservative society and leading HRD towards universal values engenders social change towards liberalism. An innovative approach to adaptive leadership of HRD towards universal values in the academic institution is suggested. The approach embraces determination of the specificity of adaptive leadership of HRD and elaboration of directions of HRD. The specificity of leadership of HRD is expressed by a vision that reflects the need for acting towards acquisition of universal values; awareness of conservative society needs; courage and ethical responsibility; defining a strategic policy and a strategy of HRD based on the created 3E leadership model (Envision, Energize, Enable); organizing leadership process that reduces resistance to changes due to the established order of making change coordinated with the improvement in quality of life. The HRD directions include teaching the humanities and study of religion based on critical systems thinking, investigation of alternatives and comparative modeling; empowerment of women as active change in culture; professional training and development that allows improvement in quality of life; symmetric dialogue and partnership that creates movement from awareness to mutuality through trust, openness, and a knowledge-sharing culture. The approach has been implemented in an academic institution.
|Keywords:||Conservatism, Liberalism, Human Resource Development, Adaptive Leadership|
President, Academic College of Education Al-Qasemi, Baqa El- Gharbieh, Israel
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