I had the honor to be in the room with one of the leaders of the ecological movement, Satish Kumar, two days before this defining moment in our society, the election of a dark leader as ruler of an important part of the world. And it was fun and inspiring to be with him. He is over 80 years old and has the energy of a twenty-something. “We live in a great time for activism. Now…
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…
An ambitious subject for an ambitious organisation: the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) wants to stand for Thought Leadership and Deep Knowledge Creation in a VUCA world. On the premises of the University of Cambridge, people from divergent disciplines congregated to exchange ideas, cross disciplinary bridges and contribute to a sustainable business world. What are the…
“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…
An-Rose Vandewinckele staat sinds 2009 aan het hoofd van Levanto, een sociale onderneming met meer dan  500 medewerkers. “Mijn visie is dat iedereen leider is en dat iedereen keuzes kan maken voor zijn of haar eigen leven en in relatie tot anderen. Dat is de kern. Als mens kan je impact hebben. Leiderschap is dus impact hebben, stimuleren, motiveren vanuit jezelf. Dat heeft…
"Is het voldoende veilig voor iedereen? Dat bewaken is mijn hoofdopdracht en die van HR. Of misschien meer nog mijn levenswerk," aldus Joost Callens (Durabrik) tijdens een bijzonder gesmaakt seminarie over authentiek leiderschap georganiseerd door ITAM en Empathos. "Als het veilig is, dan ontwikkelen mensen zich en krijg je vertrouwen in je organisatie." Meer dan 100 mensen tekenden…
Leadership goes beyond creating value for only shareholders and strict bottom line thinking. Economic success is no longer enough to be legitimate and sustainable as an organization or a leader. A more holistic, societal perspective on organizations and leadership is needed, taking into account the interests of multiple stakeholders. This puts the soul at work.
This multi-stakeholder or ‘people-planet-profit’ perspective is what leadership makes sustainable. "Aligning self-interest to social responsibility is the most powerful way to sustaining a company's success," quotes Austin (2006) Starbucks' CEO Orin Smith. Or as Professor Kurt April formulated it: “We need leaders who seek to be the best for the world, not only the best…
 Wouter De Geest is 56 jaar, sinds 2007 baas van 54 installaties op de Antwerpse site van BASF met een 3500 medewerkers. Hij heeft een achtergrond als jurist, in communicatie en personeelszaken. Een opmerkelijk parcours. Als CEO doet hij zich opmerken door een vastberaden koers tijdens de crisisjaren: de oprichting van een intern uitzendkantoor maakte economische werkloosheid onnodig.…
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.…