Een gesprek aan een lawaaierig tafeltje 6 jaar geleden heeft ertoe geleid dat ik in de boot ben gestapt die Koen The Future Leadership Initiative gedoopt heeft. TFLI voor de vrienden. Hij koos bewust voor het woord Initiative en niet voor ‘gesloten’ center want het moest een open beweging zijn. Het mag duidelijk zijn voor wie rond kijkt dat Koen daar zeer sterk in geslaagd is. Samen…
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…
“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…
Sue Kay added an inspiring dimension to cultural leadership thinking on today's colloquium on culture management. She has over thirty years' experience in arts management and cultural administration. Her Phd in leadership brought her to the leadership practices of small cultural organisations. As + 85 % of cultural organisations in the UK count 5 employees or less, small is also…
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…
Is het u ook al opgevallen dat Belgen voor topposities steeds 'gevraagd worden' of geen kandidaat waren of zijn voor de positie (cf. Kris Peeters dit weekend in de Tijd). Vreemd is dat niet, of toch niet in België. Prof. dr. Hannes Leroy en ikzelf deden recent onderzoek in België naar wat bepaalt dat iemand als leider gezien wordt door anderen. Verder onderzoek is uiteraard nodig,…
Leadership develops other people and development starts with building self-confidence and offering psychological safety. Therefore development is not only a privilege for those who are talented. Leadership doesn't classify people into good and bad. The right mindset is the developmental mindset: everybody can grow. Development is all there is. Do you truly belief this?
Truth comes before politics. Leadership looks for the truth and the beauty of it. But being an authentic leader is more than being true to yourself. It's being true to multiple selves: your own true North, your team, organisation, universal values… Growing as a leader in an integer way, is integrating more and more value systems in a personal way
Leaders don't wash their hands in innocence and initate change as outsiders. They are immersed in the system and are part of the problem. They act in full awareness of and with great respect for the existing forces, checks and balances in the system in order to accomplish sustainable, institutional change. They need to be system thinkers and smart politicians.
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.