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…
Mijn kinderen hebben de gewoonte om me vanop de achterbank verkeersaanwijzingen toe te roepen: “Mama! Je mag hier maar 120km/uur en jij rijdt 140km/u!” Vergezeld van een lichtelijk ongeruste, doch vooral beschuldigende toon. Waarop ik dan vertwijfeld uitroep dat we anders te laat zullen zijn (niveau 2) of dat iedereen op dit stukje zo snel rijdt (niveau 3).  Meestal echter,…
“Evolutionary leadership theory provides an answer to why modern leadership often fails, by suggesting that there is likely a mismatch between our evolved leadership psychology and the challenges of modern environments” (Van Vugt, 2012, p.166). 1) Leadership emerged in prehuman species (e.g. foraging patterns of insects, swimming patterns of schools of fish, flying pattern…
Een maand na de zware aardbeving in Nepal is het antwoord van de internationale gemeenschap ronduit teleurstellend. Dat heeft een hoge VN-medewerker gezegd (Bron: Het Laatste Nieuws). We zijn blijkbaar met zijn allen donormoe. Ik herken er wel iets in. Ook ik heb de berichten over Nepal gehoord. Ik knik elke week vriendelijk neen tegen de vrijwilligers aan het centraal station…
Volgens het VN-Hoge Commissariaat voor de Vluchtelingen (UNHCR) heeft de scheepsramp voor de kust van Libië aan achthonderd mensen het leven gekost, onder wie ook kinderen (De Morgen). Het nieuws beheerst de krantenkoppen. De morele verontwaardiging is groot. “Hoe is het mogelijk…” “Moeten er eerst zulke drama’s gebeuren vooraleer er actie komt?” “Hoe is het zo…
Peter Dedecker (N-VA) zegt in Het Nieuwsblad: "van zo'n overheidsbedrijf mag je verwachten dat het ethischer te werk gaat dan commerciële gokbedrijven". En wat betekent dat dan – ‘ethischer te werk gaan’? Neemt de marketeer een onethische beslissing wanneer hij of zij mensen een eigen tropisch eiland voorspiegelt? Is het een moreel onaanvaardbare keuze om mensen van een jacht…
“Tell me about your leadership,” I asked the division manager in front of me. “Well, a typical day starts with scanning my environment for relevant information and dispatch it in my organization. I also check on the numbers and answer urgent questions or complaints. I am responsible for 4 units with a total of +/- 50 people. I spend a lot of time being available for them,…
I had an interesting discussion this morning with managers from the public and social profit sector about giving and receiving trust. As an example I told them that a colleague of mine didn't have the habit of putting me in copy of mails, although those mails were of interest for me. "At first I felt frustrated," I told the group. "I was no longer able to evaluate if the delegated…
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…
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…
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…