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Developing a Positive Leadership Mindset

The demands on today’s corporate leaders are becoming ever more complex.

From dealing with pandemics, to the impact of AI, climate change and political risk, leaders need to be confident and realistic about the challenges they face and the attributes they need.

Positive psychology has proved to lead to more balanced emotions, making leaders more effective at solving problems, more perseverant in the face of challenges and more likely to succeed. But what steps are needed to develop such a mindset? 

Join us for a discussion with Nick Van Dam, Chief Learning Officer at IE University, and Noémie Le Pertel, Co-Director of the Executive Master in Positive Leadership & Transformation at IE University to discuss those and other questions.

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Nick van Dam, Chief Learning Officer, IE University. Professor and Director of the IE Center for Corporate Learning Innovation
Meet our Guest

Dr. Nick van Dam

Nick is an internationally recognized thought leader, advisor and researcher on Corporate Learning and Leadership Development.

Dr. van Dam has over 30 years of business experience as a former Partner, Global Chief Learning Officer, HR-Executive, and Client Advisor at McKinsey as well as at Deloitte. He has authored and coauthored more than 25 books and numerous articles on innovations in learning and leadership development.

Under the patronage of the European Parliament Federal Ministry of Education & Research, Nick has received the 2013 Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award for ‘shaping the future of organizational learning and leadership development’.

Dr. Nick is a Board Member at IE University (Spain), Chief of the Center for Corporate Learning Innovation and a member of the IE Center for Health, Wellbeing and Happiness. He is a Professor at IE University, Nyenrode and the University of Pennsylvania. He is also affiliated with McKinsey & Company as an External Senior Advisor and the founder of the e-Learning for Kids Foundation – and institution that has provided free digital lessons for more than 20 million underprivileged elementary school children.

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Dr. Noémie Le Pertel

Dr. Le Pertel is the Co-Director of the Executive Master in Positive Leadership & Transformation at IE University and founder of Empowered Wellness & Center for Positive Leadership.

Dr. Le Pertel holds practices at Columbia University Medical Center, in NYC’s financial district and has been teaching vitality and embodied leadership since 1998, including developing programs on burnout and resilience for the United Nations, Columbia Business School, Ireland’s Health Service Executive, AppNexus, and the New York Times.

Dr. Le Pertel has conducted research at Harvard Medical School, co-authored medical publications, and treated over 10,000 patients across pediatric and adult hem/onc/stem cell, neurology, post-stroke rehab., palliative care, family, and emergency medicine. In 2017, she was awarded the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) Award.

Dr. Le Pertel holds Masters degrees from Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania in Management and Positive Psychology and has completed doctoral work at Columbia University focused on the Neuroscience of Adult Learning and Leadership.

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In this Episode

What are the right behaviors to have to positively lead a team? Get a big start understanding what people's specific individual needs are. (...) There are always reasons to be hopeful and reasons to be optimistic. Things will get better, things will change, and there will be new opportunities for people. It's important that people will report to a leader who is hopeful and optimistic about the future. Because if that's not the case, it's easier for the culture to shift very, very, very fast. People become critical, cynical, sober. And that's not necessarily how you build a high-performing team.
How will the current situation and remote working new models impact leadership in the future? The leaders need to develop new competencies themselves to stay on top of what's happening in their organizations. They also need to make sure that they continue to develop the people around them because a lot of learning needs to take place on a day-to-day basis.
Positive psychology and positive leadership are not about denying the actual negative realities or challenges, but it's about coming together and seeing how you can harness them. Dr. Noémie Le Pertel
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