Global Leadership Fellows – Creating Future Global Leaders 2009

Global Leadership Fellows – Creating Future Global Leaders 2009


Prof. Wayne F. Cascio: Today we live in
a world that is enormously complex and much more interdependent than
in any time in history. We are confronted with global issues
that we have never faced before and it transcends geographical boundaries. Hi I’m Wayne Cascio.
The problems of today and of tomorrow demand a more wide ranging interdisciplinary
approach to finding solutions. Leaders of tomorrow will have to
collaborate and operate in an environment where they can navigate cultural,
regional and political differences. This will be even more critical to achieving
lasting success than it has ever been before. The World Economic Forum:
Creating Future Global Leadres Founded in 1971, the purpose of the World
Economic Forum is not to make decisions, but rather to act as a force for
reflection connecting ideas, stakeholders, countries and cultures. Not only does the forum bring leaders together,
it also recognizes the need to develop a new generation of leaders whose
goal is to improve the state of the world. This year, the SHRM Foundation traveled
to Geneva, Switzerland to learn first hand about this new approach to leadership.
We spoke with leaders of business, government and academia to appreciate
their perspectives and we focused special attention on a leadership incubator – the
forum’s global leadership fellow’s program that is helping to shape the next
generation of world leaders. Why the World Needs Global Leaders?
Prof. Klaus Schwab: I think what we need today for most is global leaders
who really can act as a global community. Robert Greenhill: The forum brings
people together in order to share their understandings of what is going on in the world
and in order to identify ways to improve it. Sushant Plakurthi Rao: All of us have
a opportunities to be global leaders and it needn’t be in a large forum such as the
United Nations or a multinational corporation. One can be a global leader even in
a smaller outfit or in an NGO. What Fellows Do Cynthia Hansen: My role
is essentially to act as a liaison for a broad range
of civil society organizations. Michele Petochi: I’m heading the University
Community for the World Economic Forum, which basically includes
a core group of university presidents. Jennifer Baarn: I work for the team
that focuses on business solutions that address chronic hunger. Jessie Yan: My work is
engaging foundation members from Chinese side
to the World Economic Forum Sean Doherty: I manage the logistics
and transport community so in other words I work with executives from that industry
and with them I try to identify to areas in which they can help improve the impact
of their industry in terms of social environmental goals. Prof. Gilbert Probst: We help them to
do their self assessment as leaders. They get exposure in so called retreats
where they go on a global retreat in nations with global issues
that we look at. They also have clear and regular exposure
to leaders, not only in Davos or in regional meetings but here literally weekly
where they meet one of the top leaders of business, of government religious
leaders social entrepreneurs you name it. Why the World Needs Global Leaders? Prof. Klaus Schwab: If you look at the
challenges in our world that have problems they cannot be solved by governments alone,
by business alone or by civil society alone. What we need is cooperation,
what we need is partnerships. Prof. Gilbert Probst: There is a huge need
for the global leaders to be aware and create awareness to recognize
the interdependencies and the complexity that is related to what the global issues,
but also the need for collaboration. Sushant Plakurthi Rao: There are numerous
global challenges which cannot be resolved by any one global actor alone be that
poverty reduction, climate change, the global economic crisis and in many
cases when one can leverage the strategies and resources of these different actors
together then probably we are in better position to address those challenges. Broadening Leadership
Competencies Robert Greenhill: I think the leaders of
tomorrow have to be prepared to deal with a great deal of dynamic complexity.
Prof. Klaus Schwab: Today you have to act practically like a guerilla fighter.
You have to have of course a mission and you have to follow a mission, but you have
to adapt constantly to the changes in your environment.
So adaptability is today probably the key leadership factor, but adaptability
based on a long term vision. A Leadership Incubator Carsten Sudhoff: People who ask for a job
here who have a chance of being offered a job really need to have this
global understanding and we not only assess their professional or academic achievements,
but particularly that kind of global mindset. Marcello Mastioni: We have so many
angles that you can look at. It is really fascinating how people from
different cultures look at a problem in so many different ways and can come up with
so many solutions that you hadn’t thought off. Peer Coaching Cynthia Hansen: I think part of the value
of the pure coaching is that you get to be both the coach and the coachee and so this
opportunity to listen to somebody else’s issues and sort of put
on your advisor hat. Sean Doherty: You try and emulate what
you see other people doing that appears to work very well and within the fellows
program and within the forum at large there are a lot of people who I have high
respect for and so I see I try and learn from their example.
Prof. Gilbert Probst: Fellows coach each other so that they have groups
that are pure coaching groups. They have their coaching training and for
two years they as a team meet and help each other to improve as leaders.
Marcello Mastioni: The forum is a neutral platform and we think that honesty,
transparency and integrity are key values so one of the things that I found most
useful for me has been the level of honesty in the feedback that
my peers provided me. Advice to Organizations Hanneke Frese: I think the most important
of it is the dedication to a particular way of acting and to giving a space
and with that the resources, the budget and everything that comes with it
to helping young people understand what their strength are
and what their weaknesses are. So I think any organization
can basically do that. It isn’t all that difficult, but it requires
foresight, vision and it requires resources. Advice to
Future Global Leaders Carsten Sudhoff: The single most influencing experience
that I have had in my life was 3 years in China. The last 6, 12 months of showing that china
or Asia is not somewhere far away, it is here. So I would recommend anybody if the
chances available to grab that chance and get exposed to Asia. Prof. Klaus Schwab: Always be learning,
always be curious, if you do learning just as a professional duty it is not enough.
You have to have a nature of curiosity which allows you to absorb
and to enjoy learning. The world today is completely transparent.
You cannot hide away whatever you do will be known and if you want to be
a leader reputation is the key. Your ethics, say form your reputation
so you cannot make any compromise and today we are proud if we speak three or four
western languages as I am doing, but I think our children and particularly our grand children
have to learn a language or at least one language which does not belong
to our culture’s field in order to be really capable not only to speak the language
but deeply understand those difficult cultures. Five Lessons Prof. Wayne F. Cascio: Here are five lessons
from the World Economic Forum’s experience in developing global leaders
for tomorrow’s organizations. 1- Seize opportunities to learn about
different cultures, values and perspectives so that you can navigate
and bridge those differences. 2- Get a coach and a mentor
early in your career if possible work with a coach
to help you recognize your personal strengths and weaknesses
and to learn from your mistakes. Meet regularly with your mentor.
Watch how he or she acts as a leader. 3- Understand that to lead leaders you must be
authentic and genuine, demonstrating strong, moral and ethical values in all that you say
and in all that you do. 4- Recognize the interdependence among global
issues, countries, communities and people. 5- Practice collaborative leadership. Make the effort to hear everyone’s voice
and actively seek input from all stakeholders. As the American humorist
Will Rogers once said, “Even if you are on the right track
you will get run over if you just sit there.” In today’s fast moving world
none of us can afford to just sit there basking in the status quo.
Through its global leadership fellows program the World Economic Forum is showing
all of us a new approach to global leadership for tomorrow’s organizations. That train is leaving the station,
isn’t it time that we all get on board.

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