As we see it, the core purpose of leadership remains unchanged – i.e. ‘leading to create the future’ – however, the context of leadership is highly dynamic. And context is everything. Recent political events highlight our volatile, uncertain, ambiguous and ambivalent world. Besides the political backdrop, the complex interplay between digitization, technology, globalization and individualization is creating unprecedented leadership challenges, with unfathomable business opportunities.
We are bidding farewell to traditional (‘hero’) leadership styles and doubling our efforts to reach digital maturity. Clearly leaders are being stretched by their attempts to facilitate a highly collaborative, diverse workforce. Moving from ‘hero to host’, as Margaret Wheatley puts it, is no doubt challenging. Yet, motivated staff who access all the potential embedded in them and their teams lead to success.
How do you bridge the gap between established leaders (who have grown through the ranks, sworn loyalty, laboured with blood and sweat, and are slick at hiding their vulnerability) and digital natives (who are hyperconnected, like to be heard, aren’t intimidated by authority and seek personalized, emotion based involvement ) or other generations?
Follow the Leadership Checklist link . Read how leadership practices are changing in the Wolff Olin report (courtesy Innovation sey of the below. Pay attention to unconscious bias and stereotypes, as discussed in the interview with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, particularly concerning in the gender gap. Check out how governance management systems are creating transparency and be inspired by The Hague Talks on Peace and Justice featured as our final item in this newsletter.
To explore biases and stereotypes, check out the Howard Ross video or read “Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives”.
To reach the Europe 2020 targets of a 75% employment rate for women and men alike, particular attention needs to be given to the labour market participation of older women, single parents, women with a disability, migrant women and women from ethnic minorities.
A gender-segregated labour market, the difficulty of balancing work and family life, the undervaluation of female skills and work are just some of the complex causes of the persistent gender pay gap. Women in the EU earn on average 16% less than men for each hour worked. To address these issues, the European Commission will…read more
How Governance Management Systems are Changing
Today more than ever, leaders and directors recognize the need to govern their companies in a totally transparent and legal manner, while still being efficient, effective and profitable. Pieter Colijn and Hans de Hoog have profound knowledge and experience of governance in various positions in Dutch society and organizations. “We believe that a governance management system that supports executive and non-executive directors in their decision making processes will be the next big step in the future of organizational development.” All relevant decision-making processes will be supported by business process management, workflow tools, data analytics, benchmarking tools, of all kinds of newsfeeds and recent studies. This is where the GovernanceHub assists companies. “We very much welcome a partnership with Synquity, in their effort to enhance leadership confidence by empowering leaders and teams to build successful and future oriented organizations.”
The Hague Talks on Peace and Justice: Empowering Marginalized Women @Bridge2Hope
By Darcie Dawille
This month marks the first anniversary of Bijlmer Bridge2Hope! It has been exciting to watch our participants grow and change and to reflect how far we have come this past year. I have observed a huge increase in the women’s confidence over the last year. Our participants are making better, well-informed decisions for themselves and realizing their potential for the future through the education they are receiving. For example, they continue to work hard on becoming fluent in Dutch. Their comprehension and verbal skills are increasing weekly and with their increased confidence, they are able to put into practice what they are learning in the classroom. One participant has been recently been complimented by a native Dutch speaker on her language improvement, and this makes her eager to learn all the more!
We were ecstatic that the Rotary Club of the Netherlands recently adopted Bijlmer Bridge2Hope and funds from their Christmas campaign will go towards getting the materials we need to support our participants as they walk the road from victim to survivor. We will also be holding some exciting events in the New Year to help support the project. Please check our website www.thebijlmerproject.com, Facebook page or blog in the coming months for more information. As always, remember that the first step to helping victims of human trafficking is an awareness of the fact that human trafficking is a major global issue. It is not something that only occurs somewhere far away from you, and it is not an issue can be ignored in the hopes that it will eventually go away. Be aware, be involved, be compassionate and be engaged. Bijlmer Bridge2Hope has seen a difference made in the lives of our participants over the past year, and with your help we look forward to seeing the positive changes that the next year brings.
This blog is edited by Madeleine van der Steege.
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