Human Resource Development for Transition from Conservatism to Liberalism

By Mohammad Essawi.

Published by The Organization Collection

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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

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp.213-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 804.306KB).

Dr. Mohammad Essawi

President, Academic College of Education Al-Qasemi, Baqa El- Gharbieh, Israel

Mohamad Essawi (Ph.D) is currently president of Al Qasemi Academy, an Arab College of Education in Israel, and winner of the Yitzhak Rabin Award of Quality and Excellence in the Public Sector. In addition to his academic and educational expertise, Dr. Essawi is an expert in organization and management development; he is an organizational counselor and assessor authorized by the European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM) and has developed in recent years an approach to change management termed “Value Confrontation Approach to Management.” Major to Dr. Essawi’s work are planning and managing Human Resource Development (HRD) processes, the development of a human society of knowledge, and a culture of dialogue, partnership and education for a shared life among cultures. Dr. Essawi has established, in past years, a factory for chemicals and an institute for organizational development. Dr. Essawi has also co-headed the public committee of Education for a shared life and participated in national and international forums around issues of organizational development, human resource development, and dialogue among cultures.


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