The thought leadership pages share interviews and blogs from successful executives, academics and consultants discussing facets of global leadership. We believe one key to effective leadership is to listen to people who are highly successfully and also those researching, teaching and helping successful leaders develop. Our Voice America series, Innovative Leaders Driving Thriving Organizations is designed to present genuine conversations with successful leaders and academics across a broad spectrum of fields talking about global leadership. This resource is intended to offer unique, high value conversations and research.
Most of these conversations were recorded at the International Leadership Association global conference and are accompanied by blog posts for those interviewed.
- The Innovative Leadership Workbook for Global Leaders, 2014 International Award winning book, provides a practical approach for successful and developing leaders to build the global innovative leadership skills required to lead and build thriving global organizations. It is designed for busy leaders who want a comprehensive process accompanied by worksheets, tools and reflection questions along with samples completed by a person testing as a “Level 5″ leader using the term pioneered by Jim Collins in his best selling book Good to Great.
- Interview with Cynthia Cherrey, CEO and President of International Leadership Association focusing on insights and recommendations. We are at a fulcrum point in our history and in this unique time – we need effective global leadership. During this discussion we will discuss leadership from global and local perspective and explore the international leadership association and its contribution to the research and practice of international leadership. Cynthia lives and works at the intersection between research, teaching and the practice of leadership. Her passion is connecting each of these important disciplines to improve the outcomes for each. She will share her insights and answer some important questions: We need to think globally – what is driving the requirement and becoming a global society Diverse perspectives are required help address issues that require different points of view – how do we navigate the future? How do we become the change we create? What are the competencies? Is there a roadmap? How do you as listener get to make an impact? What is the ILA?
- Interview with Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the Founding Executive Director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership. As part of the International Leadership Association (ILA) series, Barbara Kellerman, recently awarded the ILA’s lifetime achievement award, discusses her thoughts from a global perspective on the end of leadership as well as her point of view about followers, leaders and contexts given our current environment. This rich conversation spanned topics from: 1. the end of leadership, 2. bad leadership and perspective antidotes, 3. how we as leaders think about followers and understand them, 4. how context informs effective leadership, 5. how leaders evaluate the environment to take effective action, 6. the current state of political leadership across the globe and some of the underlying trends. This conversation is a must listen for leaders trying to make sense of the current landscape in leadership and in organizations. Barbara’s insights will inspire your thinking about what you do as a leader and how you can improve your effectiveness.
- Interview George Papandreou – Former Prime Minister of Greece: Creating a Fairer and More Just World. Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece, talks about how he navigated major challenge as a leader. One of my key take-a-ways was the importance of building trust and demonstrating courage as foundational skills to leading in turbulent times. He talked about his personal experience as a refugee when his family was in exile to provide context for his views on the importance of inclusion and building alliances across borders. At the root, this interview is about how do we, as people, build common values and common rules to promote fair competition that enables us to work together across borders to solve the challenges we face as a global community. How do we emulate the metaphor of the Olympics rather than the gladiator pit? This interview offers a glimpse into his perspective.
- Interview with Cynthia Cherrey, CEO and President of International Leadership Association and Ajay Bramdeo, African Union Ambassador to the European Union talking about why international leadership matters now. Cynthia created a global conference designed to deeply engage individuals and groups and fundamentally evolve the science and practice of leadership and build a global community of innovation and collaboration. She discusses the conference and the underlying invitation to for leaders to continue to explore this very important topic by engaging in the difficult process of personal growth as leaders continuing to strive to improve our craft of leadership. We explored some of the themes this community is facing and the hopeful environment we both experienced. While we face ever increasing complexity in our globe, we continue to build solutions to address that complexity with researchers, educators and practitioners. Ajay shares his insights about the need to create mutually beneficial exchanges between countries, particularly in terms of migration. This theme is of importance with the current migration issues and t the discussion for broader questions of inclusion, peace and security.
- Interview with Mike Hardy, CMG OBE FRSA is a founding and Executive Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK: Understanding How Prejudice Impacts Leadership – Lessons From A Global Thought Leader. By helping leaders understand their own views and behaviors when facing diversity, we enhance our leadership capacity. When we eliminate segments of the population because they appear different, we remove valuable insights and perspectives. The 21st century is a relationship age. Mike discusses the forces of prejudice versus the forces of pluralism. If people are not able to be comfortable living and working among diverse people, then leaders need to spend their time policing and setting rules and guidelines to keep us safe. The alternative is a scenario were the group creates norms and it finds ways to move through situations based on our its agreements without the boss intervening. If we learn to be comfortable with the space difference needs, we create greater opportunity for everyone involved and diversity becomes a true differentiator in solving the greatest problems. When we limit diversity, we limit perspectives and we are at a disadvantage.
- Interview with Juana Bordas, founding President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and author of the best selling book Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Leadership for a Multi-Cultural Age focusing. Juana talks about the eight leadership principles that set the foundation for cross-cultural leadership. These are drawn from best-selling book “Salsa, Soul and Spirit – Leadership for a Multicultural Age” Juana discusses the principles and illustrates them with examples that apply to our current global organizational environments. 1. Know your history and respect the history of others 2. Mi Casa Es Su Casa – cultivate a generous spirit 3. From I to We – lessen individualism and cultivate collectivity 4. A leader among equals 5. Leadership is social responsibility 6. Community servanthood: create a community of leaders 7. Generate a shared vision 8. All my relatives – treat everyone like a relative Finally, Juana offers recommendations to build the capacity to live these principles in your daily leadership practice.
- Interview with Rattan D’Souza Managing Partner, Inrica Group. Rattan talks about planning and implementing global strategies. One of the significant challenges I see firms face is investing in strategic planning and yet they often don’t implement the strategy successfully. This unsuccessful implementation results in loss of investment in developing strategy, loss of strategic opportunity for strategy not implemented and loss of confidence in the leadership team who taught their new strategic direction then they don’t get it done.
- Interview with Steve Terrell, co-author of the Innovative Leadership Workbook for Global Leaders talks about developing global leaders.