Is it time to reassess what good leadership means, and to redefine a few of its attributes? Leadership is an intangible. It is therefore hardly surprising there is a multitude of opinions and views on what attributes make a good leader, and various facets of leadership. There have been several conversations around vulnerability in leadership, and whether it is a sign of weakness or of strength and confidence.
I have a client who is a graduate of a prestigious business school. After her education, she went into consulting for a few years. The prestigious MBA and a couple of global postings resulted in her getting an irresistible offer in finance. She enjoyed the work and personally was in a relationship that was headed to the altar. Somewhere after being passed on for a role and the weakening and ultimate demise of her relationship, she said: "the spark" in her had "died" out.
My client, a single child of an overworked single mother, was emotionally rewarded as a child for "not asking for much." As a child, she was responsible and wise beyond her age. This unfettered self-sufficiency continued as she worked her way up the corporate ladder, wherein she took on more than her share of the responsibility and loosely led a team of "easygoing executives." The problem is what I call the "lenient rescuer leader" accepts underperformance to stay popular and then rescues others once a crisis arises.
Leadership is both science and art. It is so intangible and abstract just like the air, yet such an incredibly critical force that holds ambitious endeavours together like gravity. Learnings about leadership are so embedded in the INSEAD experience that when I reflect back on my one-year MBA journey, I feel pleasantly surprised by the new leadership wisdom and capability I have developed.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Carl Jung
What does Be More mean to you? When you are surrounded by chaos, uncertainty, and doubt, what are the elements of your personality that you turn to in order to forge your path through resistance?
We live in a world of constraints - some are physical, some cultural but they are always personal. These mindsets limit our human potential to achieve great things in life and hinder experiences that not only enrich ourselves but also benefit society at large. INSEAD brings together a group of outstanding female alumnae and celebrates women who have pushed their own limits and emerged as leaders in their respective fields. Together, we inspire a new generation of thinkers, builders, movers and shakers. Join these leaders at INSEAD to create positive change.
INSEAD is a community that champions diversity and equality. As a female student, I am amazed by the amount of female leadership emerging through events, projects, and collaborations. Furthermore, the depth of discussions on gender equality, and the wonderful female role models we have in alumni and guest speakers is phenomenal.
One of the main roles of an executive is to create value for the company and, therefore, to its shareholders. For this reason, value creation is a popular topic among MBA programmes, and the Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) is no exception.
The GEMBA has been an unforgettable experience so far. Recent times have made everything more challenging and at the same time more meaningful because all those previously trivial and taken-for-granted moments now become rare and valuable opportunities to create memorable stories and friendships. It has been four months since the official start of the programme, and I have somewhat gotten used to this high level of uncertainty and agility!