Leadership development starts with developing as a human being. The classical Greek philosophers such as Plato discussed already the properties of being: Beauty, Goodness  & Truth. So, in a way I’m the business of Beauty, Goodness & Truth. As a scientist Truth is the obvious one, and as a leadership scholar Goodness as well, but what about Beauty? I therefore followed…
Due to the increasing complex problems we are facing as individuals, organizations, institutions, society, the  ‘genius with a thousand helpers leadership model’ is more and more replaced by ‘shared leadership’. This has implications for leadership development.   Let me start by being 'the master of the obvious' by stating that the old idea of having 1 professor or…
A few weeks ago, I was preparing a customer meeting with a colleague. The goal of the meeting was to present our leadership programs. I didn't feel the need to prepare a lot. I like to go into meetings without presentations, leaflets or other formal material. For me it's about connecting personally. I ask open questions and explore the context up to the point that I can connect…
As mentioned here and here, the role of the middle manager is transforming to the point that they may be the most important people in your company today (Mollick, 2011). There are a multitude of reasons for this, but just to mention two: 1)      More horizontal structures increase the importance of middle managers in achieving competitive advantage (Floyd & Wooldridge,…
I recently stumbled across a piece of text in a forthcoming chapter of the Oxford Handbook of Leadership and Organizations, which made me smile. It made me smile because leading authors in the field, Scott DeRue and Christopher Myers, structured the issue I had with the 70:20:10 rule nicely. Here it comes: “A common assumption in the existing literature is that 70% of leadership…
Recent theories put identity & self-regulation development at the heart of leader and leadership development. The table below summarizes which leadership tasks can enhance leadership development from early childhood on.... Any comment?
“On and on, the rain will fall, like tears from a star, like tears from a star, on and on the rain will say, how fragile we are, how fragile we are.” (Sting “Fragile”) “Where’s the leadership lesson in spending the evening in a pub, listening to a heart warming acoustic mix of pop classics, nostalgic chansons & swinging songs? What has Tio Pepe & The Bordellos…
Last night 21 participants of the Next Generation Leadership Program met Sofie Claes in the Antwerp Fashion Museum. Sofie is a young, recent graduated fashion designer with a first collection, far reaching ambition and a 40.000 EURO loan to sponsor her participation in the Paris Fashion week in March 2011. The group got a real life mission: "how can you, with all what…