In today’s rapidly changing economy, it’s vital organizations be informed and forward-looking, understanding of how to create the conditions enabling all their leaders—women and men—to achieve success. No less important is for employees planning their careers to have realistic views of what it means to be a senior leader and how to achieve that goal alongside all the other goals they have in lives.
We want everyone to think of new models for what leadership could look like in the 24/7, global economy, and to that end we’ve created a leadership advisory panel, including some of the top thought leaders on leadership, to offer their visions. Every week for the next five weeks, our panel of experts — listed below — will answer a question about how to #RethinkLeadership in a landscape with changing priorities and expectations.
Check out the posts below, and consider attending Families and Work Institute’s Symposium next month where we continue the conversation and where the Institute will unveil new findings from the first phase of an ongoing study on leadership in today’s economy.
Information about the Symposium:
When: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 3:00-5:30 PM
Where: Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, NYC
Who Should Attend: Line professionals, future leaders, senior leaders
Tickets: $275 each ($250 of the ticket purchase is tax deductible)
Click here to buy tickets.
Below is a list of the five questions we’re asking. Click on the questions below to see what our experts are thinking. (If you have questions you’d like answered email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Week 1: What is one thing that leaders could do differently to create a culture where employees felt they could be open about their personal and family lives?
- Week 2: What do you see as the most important change the business world needs to make in order to keep women engaged in taking on leadership positions in companies?
- Week 3: What is the ideal behavior of a leader who prioritizes both their work and their family/personal responsibilities?
- Week 4: What is the biggest misconception that managers have about effective leadership behavior and what it takes to develop a leader?
- Week 5: What are the most important changes we could make about the requirements to reach top leadership positions in order to attract more talent?
The Next Generation Leadership Advisory Board
Erin Reid, PhD is an assistant professor of organizational psychology at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and studies gender inequality and identity dynamics in work settings. She is especially interested in how men and women cope with time-greedy work, and the implications of their coping mechanisms for their own lives as well as the organizations for which they work. She takes a sociological perspective to her research, which has been published or is forthcoming in the Academy of Management Review, among other publications, and for which she has received multiple awards.
Kunal Modi is a management consultant in San Francisco. Previously, he worked for Teach for America, the White House National Economic Council, and served as an AmeriCorps national service member with LIFT. Kunal holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University, an MPP From Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Kunal has been an advocate for gender equity and serves an advisor to Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org. He wrote a chapter in her latest book, Lean In for Graduates, called “Man Up and Lean In,” that contains astute observations on gender dynamics at work and home, and why it’s important that men take part in the conversation. He looks forward to keep the conversation going among millennials about the themes of the study.
Meredith Sadin, PhD is an expert at using data to observe and create change. As a member of the Analytics Department (or, “The Cave”) at Obama for America’s Campaign Headquarters, she helped implement and innovate new ways of applying data and analytics to understanding voter sentiment and underlying societal progress. An experimentalist, a social scientist, and an advocate for women’s leadership, she asks broad questions about why people do what they do and how to use data to answer big questions. She is this year launching, with John Gerzema, author of The Athena Doctrine, a business that will produce empirical research and thought leadership around issues of women’s leadership and translate these findings into action for our clients in the public and private sector.