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Leadership is all about having your own story and being true to it.

All through history, stories have been a powerful way to build communities, to give meaning to the often tragic ‘nonsense’ of life and to inspire for action. As the beautiful quote, attributed to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry goes: “If you want … Continue reading

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Leadership talks the walk.

“Walk the talk” is one of the most used clichés on leadership. And the importance of role modeling is undoubted. Transformational leadership theorists [i] call it ‘idealized influence’ and it is a core element in all positive leadership theories [ii]: giving the example … Continue reading

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Leadership is making this world a better place.

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 … Continue reading

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Imagine your actions on the front page of a newspaper.

Perception is key in leadership. It’s not only having the right intention or doing the right things. It’s not only personal leadership. It’s also meeting the expectations of all kinds of stakeholders. These stakeholders have become much more intrusive than … Continue reading

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Leadership is moral: are you honest or just pulling the strings?

Values play an important role in leadership in two ways. First of all, because leadership is a personal choice, the strength of the personal convictions and values will decide how far the leadership will reach. Values are the main stronghold … Continue reading

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Leadership implies that you know yourself.

Leadership is personal and contextual. Leadership is a personal choice in a certain situation to take up an uneasy challenge. This explains why ‘awareness’ is at the heart of leadership. Awareness of the reality, also the reality of own’s own self. … Continue reading

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Trust is the power of leadership.

We made with Heifetz the distinction between ‘authority’ and ‘leadership’. This distinction comes close to ‘transactional’ and ‘transformational’ leadership as explained by Bass & Riggio [i]. Authority or transactional leadership is based on a negotiation and an agreement between the ‘leader’ and … Continue reading

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