Five Minds for the Future

The book, Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner, outlines the specific cognitive abilities that will be sought and cultivated by leaders in the years ahead.

The five are:

  • The Disciplinary Mind – the mastery of major schools of thought, including science, mathematics, and history, and of at least one professional craft.
  • The Synthesising Mind – the ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others.
  • The Creating Mind – the capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions, and phenomena.
  • The Respectful Mind – awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings and human groups.
  • The Ethical Mind – fulfilment of one’s responsibilities as a worker and as a citizen.

Gardner, of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and also know for his theory of multiple intelligences, draws from a wealth of diverse examples to illuminate these ideas, which are designed to inspire lifelong learning and also to provide valuable insights for those charged with training and developing organisational leaders.

Contributed by Dave Hornblow, December 2016

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