Tuesday, December 6, 2011

IMD Luncheon, Copenhagen - November 30, 2011 - Developing Effective Leadership: Learning from Experience

On November 30th IMD had the pleasure organize a luncheon on the topic of developing effective leadership. IMD Professor Ben Bryant talked about how one can “learn effective leadership” and about how acts of leadership involve taking risks, be it a financial risk, a relationship risk or other kind of risks. As with all risks, we don't know exactly what will happen. Every situation is different, so there is no toolbox or formula to follow. Experience helps us understand consequences of our actions, so it would seem that learning from experience is very important. But do we learn as much from our experiences as we could? Professor Bryant also talked about the role of leadership development in connection to experience. Among other things, he shared a few recent examples where leadership development has been extended, beyond the face-to-face interaction piece to also include a virtual element and thereby create an even stronger link to the day to day experience of the individual.

The session was very interactive and we also had a chance to hear from our host, Claus Bennetsen, Partner at the Horten Law Firm as well as from Steen Ernland, President of the IMD alumni club in Denmark. Steen shared some very interesting findings related to what companies can do to ensure they attract and retain the best possible talent.
For more examples of how Professor Ben Bryant works with leadership development or to find out more about IMD in general please simply reach out by sending an email to Professor Bryant or to Katarina Leger and for more specific information about the topic of attraction and development please find a copy of Steen Ernland’s presentation to the right.

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