The other day I was reading the hobbies of several C-level executives. And once again I found the usual suspects: cooking, history, art, classical music, old-timers, wine, golf, walking in the mountains … I’ve always wondered, do they do this because it is just part of the social class they belong to (cf. Bourdieu)? Or do they really enjoy it?  And why have these hobbies never…
Radja Nainggolan plays a great season as midfielder for AS Roma. He's also been drafted regularly for the succesful Belgian soccer team and scored recently in a qualifying match against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Great was my surprise when I read that he never has had a personal meeting with the trainer of the "Red Devils": "Some coaches talk with their players, he doesn't. I know that…
Paul was a brilliant young engineer when he started in the IT network department of an international utility company. He soon became key in the team of network designers and when the department grew, he was elected team leader. By the age of 33, Paul was network manager with an undisputed reputation of network expertise.  He worked very hard, but his team became frustrated. Paul…
I’m a fraud, or at least that is how I feel sometimes when I’m driving home after a day of work. It is only a matter of time before they will discover that I’m not up to the job.  I've heard these sentences 5 times over the last 2 weeks. And they all came from people in high places: a CEO from a SME, a managing partner from a consulting agency, a school headmaster, and 2…
“Which leadership book or training can you recommend me? How can I become a middle leader?” These simple questions require very complex answers if you consider all dimensions of leadership. Day, Harrison and Halpin (2009) advocate an integrative model of leadership development with three levels. The first, visible level targets skills. Leadership is a question of expertise.…
When I tell people that I am conducting research on mindfulness, I often get frowns. "You are supposed to be a serious academic. How can you be involved into this wishy-washy, spiritual stuff?" After very mindfully accepting my frustration I accept this feedback and explain. True ... mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist spirituality and true ... for some mindfulness is considered…
Leadership is personal and contextual. Leadership is a personal choice in a certain situation to take up an uneasy challenge. This explains why ‘awareness’ is at the heart of leadership. Awareness of the reality, also the reality of own’s own self. Self awareness is the basis of self-regulation. And self-regulation is essential to stay flexible in different circumstances. Goffee…
It's a law of nature. Free space tends to be filled up. It takes more energy to keep space free, then to let it fill up. It's true in the world of atoms with closets, desks, rooms. Children are great at this. It's amazing how a small number of children, e.g. during a birthday party, use and conquer every inch of a house. It's also true in the digital world. Mailboxes, disk drives,…
This fragment from the film 'The Legend of Bagger Vance" illustrates beautifully the essence of leadership. Leadership is a personal, conscious effort. It has purpose and means and context. "It's just you. That ball. That flag. In the field." Any comment?
"Which leadership book or training can you recommend me?" These simple questions require very complex answers if you consider all dimensions of leadership. I combine abstraction and maturity levels for clarifying the field. Kegan and Lahey* define three levels of adult development. And from Robert Dilts we learned the different logical levels in looking at situations. Leadership perspectives Young,…
Mr. President Jacques Rogge of the International Olympic Committee honored yesterday Antwerp Management School with his lecture on global leadership for the André Leysen Leadership Chair. Expectations were high. Dr. Rogge is the only Belgian leader ranked in the top 68 world leaders of Forbes magazine on #67. What has a global leader of his kind to say on leadership? How does…