2014 GLA Cohort in Leiden, Day Two: You don’t need a mandate to lead

| June 17, 2014
The Global Leadership Academy meetings provide opportunities for enriching discussion among the GLA fellows.

The Global Leadership Academy meetings provide opportunities for enriching discussions regarding leadership among the GLA fellows.

David Pendleton shared how decisions are often the result of partnerships and co-leadership.

David Pendleton shared how decisions are often the result of partnerships and co-leadership.

“You don’t need a mandate to lead.”
—David Pendleton

The 2014 GLA fellows spent Tuesday morning with David Pendleton, chartered psychologist, Oxford University associate fellow and Webster University visiting professor in the Walker School of Business and Technology. Pendleton began with an overview of the history of leadership ideas, discussing how we have moved from a model of leadership being hierarchy and authority to today’s models where decisions are often the result of partnerships and co-leadership.

Pendleton’s assertions on leadership:

  • Leadership is making the mental shift from “I don’t have the resources” to “How do I get the resources?” or “How can we do without?”
  • Leadership means bringing your staff or team to where you are so you can do more or move to the next level.
  • Leadership is creating the conditions for people and organizations to succeed and achieve significant goals.

Before the fellows traveled to the Netherlands, they took the NEO Primary Colours Personality Inventory, developed by Pendleton, who helped the fellows further understand their results and presented an analysis of the results of the cohort as a whole.

During the presentation by Leiden faculty member Bernadette van Houten, the fellows explored open-mindedness, empathy, and social initiative; collectivist versus individualist cultures, and cultural interpretation with stereotypes and paradoxes.

During the presentation by Leiden faculty member Bernadette van Houten, the fellows explored perception exercises and conducted a SWOT analysis of themselves.

“Ambiguous situations are the norm in leading across cultures.”
—Bernadette Van Houten

In the afternoon, Leiden faculty member Bernadette van Houten presented “Cross-cultural Competencies for Global Leadership.” The fellows explored open-mindedness, empathy, and social initiative; collectivist versus individualist cultures, and cultural interpretation with stereotypes and paradoxes. Van Houten led the fellows through several perception exercises and wrapped up having the participants do a SWOT analysis of themselves as cross-cultural leaders.

The fellows divided up for working dinners at nearby restaurants as they made progress on team projects around diversity and inclusion, the theme of the 2014 GLA.

leaders and advisory board members from the Leiden campus joined the GLA fellows and Provost Schuster for dinner following the day's events.

Leaders and advisory board members from the Leiden campus joined the GLA fellows and Provost Schuster for dinner following the day’s events.

June 16-20 marks the second meeting of Webster University’s 2014 Global Leadership Academy (GLA) fellows. From locations across the Webster network, 14 faculty and staff members gathered in Leiden, the Netherlands, to learn about leadership, get a deep and grounded understanding of the University and explore trends and challenges in higher education today. The 2014 GLA fellows will work on team projects throughout this year and meet again in October.

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