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28 May, 2024

WIF Annual Event - Leadership: Empowering Every Voice - Takeaways

In today’s world, leadership is crucial across various domains like business, politics, education, and community. However, our traditional view of leadership, often tied to self-confidence and charisma in hierarchical roles, is too narrow. Research shows that traits like extraversion and self-confidence do not always lead to better outcomes. We need a new approach: encouraging everyone to see themselves as leaders, fostering self-awareness, collaboration, and supportive environments.

We are all leaders.
We lead our lives. We may lead teams. At minimum we lead our own 1 person team.
We learn about leadership. As kids, as young adults, as parents. Through hardships.
We learn about leadership when working for a truly inspiring leader.
We learn about leadership also when working for micro-managers, or other “less inspiring” leaders.

What were the highlights of the event?

Karen Wouters shared with all of us her definition of leadership, she discussed about leader identity, and the fact that it was important to move away from the traditional view of leadership to the concept of shared leadership.

We learned about the importance of allowing oneself to make mistakes with Piet Van de Velde, and how we can learn and grow from them.

Hanan Challouki shared with us that the first leader in her life was her mother, and how much she learned from her. She also discussed the importance of speaking up first, do not be afraid to bring something new to the table to make a change for the better.

We are very grateful that Karen de Sousa Pesse shared her personal leadership journey with us, she shared how important it was to be resilient and to never stop looking for the one door that will be open for you.

Simone Susskind highlighted the importance of connecting people together, to create bridges and to encourage openness.

You can find the pictures of the events here

Let's dare to explore the concept of shared leadership together!