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#02 The Paradox of Powerful Leadership

Leaders are under continuous pressure to deliver greater innovation and creativity. However, many businesses maintain power structures that are rigid and disempowering. How do business leaders respond to new paradigms of work while maintaining authority and trust?

In this episode, Alf Rehn joins us for a fascinating conversation exploring what modern power is, why successful leaders must learn to give it away, and how greater vulnerability in the boardroom is the key to success. This slot highlights Professor Alf Rehn’s illuminating views on questions like:

  • How do effective, positive legacy-building leaders engage with the concept of power?
  • What does the distribution of power within an organisation mean for a successful business?
  • Where do leaders start in building greater trust, loyalty and confidence in themselves and their organisations?
Alf Rehn
Meet our Guest

Alf Rehn

Alf Rehn is the Professor of Innovation, Design, and Management at the University of Southern Denmark and sits on numerous boards of directors.

His academic work focuses on issues of power, exclusion, creativity and innovation, and often builds on counter-intuitive analyses of core assumptions within management thinking.

Alf Rehn is a bestselling author recognized as a global thought-leader for his work in innovation and creativity, and has delivered numerous keynotes including Umeå’s TEDx and almost 1000 others where he is consistently rated as one of the best speakers earning him awards such as Speaker of the Year in Finland in 2010.

Rehn is also a strategic advisor for different corporations and has been listed on Thinkers50 on several occasions for “Up and Coming Business Thinkers” or more recently in On the Radar’s list featured as one of the world’s emerging thinkers with the potential to make lasting contributions to management theory and practice.

Leaders have power. But, it doesn’t mean they understand power. Alf Rehn