I’ve always dreamt of being a peace warrior, not in the sense of soldier, but rather as a zen buddhist warrior centuries ago, in Asia. There’s for me an aura that emanates from these warriors. As if they were embodied wisdom: right action, right view, right words – all at once, all in one. Inner and outer in full alignment. Just recently I was in a five-day silent retreat…
“A shared or distributed leadership model is better suited for guiding companies that are facing more uncertain, more changing, and more complex markets “(p.23) is what is argued in the book ‘Boards that lead. When to take charge, when to partner, and when to stay out of the way from’ (2014). Although it is clear that the authors are not familiar with the shared leadership…
When I ask seasoned managers in the class room about examples of leadership, a lot of them tell stories about getting the job done. "There was indecisiveness in the group and I took the decision." "There was a change needed and I just told them to do it." "We needed to get our sales target and I pushed my people to go the extra mile." This kind of answers frustrate me. They seem…
"It all depends," I answered, when the journalist called me with the question about the ethical behaviour of managers. He had read a news clip about research at Ghent University and wanted the opinion from experts in the field. "Off course," the journalist replied, "but nevertheless, I want an exact position on a scale from 1-untrue to 4- true.  And the arguments. Do you want to…
Oldnormal leadership relies on unilateral command & control + structure & rules to set the direction and organize people. Newnormal leadership engages the whole community to define direction and organize for the future. How to do that? Pruzan & Mikkelsen present us 31 cases of spiritual leaders from all over the world in their book 'Leading with Wisdom'*. I was curious.…
"Aligning self-interest to social responsibility is the most powerful way to sustaining a company's success," says Starbucks' CEO Orin Smith. A larger notion of responsibility is moving to the centre of business leadership in the 21st Century. We're moving away from the Milton Friedman adagio "live up to the law and maximize shareholder wealth".  Why is that? When is leadership…