Common Sense in Leadership: Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 11

The Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter

Developing Leaders for the 21st Century

Dear Readers,

Pepper de CallierWelcome to our November issue.  I hope this finds you well.

October was a month of celebration for us. Andrea Zieglerova, our assistant and all-around right-hand for research and project coordination, graduated summa cum laude from her faculty at Charles University.  No one in her family knew of this honor until Andrea got up in front of the audience to deliver her address as is customary for achieving this distinction.  We are very proud of Andrea and share this news with much happiness for all her hard work and achievement.  Great job, Andrea!

This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to two other young leaders I met through my work with the Odyssey Program here in Prague and the Manageria Program in Bratislava.  I have been involved with both as a founding member of their Board of Advisors and have continued to be impressed with the quality of young leaders I meet there.

Radka Dohnalova, a consultant with McKinsey & Co., is a member of the Odyssey Program, which is funded by the Vodafone Foundation and is the first program in the Czech Republic to provide a cross-company, cross-functional mentorship program for future female leaders. As part of her role with McKinsey, Radka spearheaded the pro bono study on unlocking the full potential of women in Czech business 2011-12. Previously, while at Harvard Business School, she co-authored the Authentic and Integrated Women's Leadership model.  Radka’s article, titled “Listening From the Heart, Listening From the Future: Awakening Female Leadership”, draws upon her research and offers an intellectually fresh and very interesting perspective on a topic of great interest across Europe and beyond in the 21st century: female leadership.

Michal Kitko is the Head of Retail Development at Postova banka, a.s., in Bratislava, where he has responsibility for a variety of projects including identifying areas of development and new business opportunities. I first met Michal about three years ago when he was a team leader for Manageria, a non-profit organization based in Bratislava, which is focused on developing young leaders through highly selective, interactive, values-based programs.  During that period of time, through the hard work and dedication of young leaders like Michal, Manageria has become the Gold Standard and a model of effectiveness in its work. Michal’s article addresses another timely topic in the realm of global leadership: how to manage and bring out the best in the generation known as Millennials. The title of his piece, “The Clash of Generations or Remaking the Work Order”, is an ambitious play on the title of Samuel Huntington’s classic work, but when you read it, I think you’ll agree that it lives up to its ambition.

Thank you, Radka, and thank you, Michal, for these wonderfully thought-provoking contributions that are so eloquently representative of the promise of the next generation of leaders.
Each month two members of The Prague Leadership Institute’s faculty, or invited guest authors, share their thoughts on a wide variety of leadership-related topics.  To all of them go our sincere thanks for taking the time, and having the generosity of spirit, to share their wealth of experience.
Thank you, too, for taking the time to read our newsletter and for your support.

P.S. My book recommendation this month is Mindset; The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.  In her book, Dweck reveals a groundbreaking idea from decades of research on achievement and success: the power of one’s mindset.  

If the topic of motivation is of interest to you, you’ll want to see our latest installment of Common Sense Wisdom: Thoughts to Live By, on our YouTube channel.

Guest Author
Radka Dohnalova

Listening from the heart, listening from the future: Awakening female leadership

Radka Dohnalova
Consultant,McKinsey & Co.

Listening is important. How we listen and what we habitually listen for shapes our perception of reality, our world view, the paradigm in which we operate and are given by. In other words, our listening shapes our consciousness, happiness, and the world around us.

Leaders who are willing to shift paradigms listen from (i) their hearts to understand their purpose through which to best contribute in line with their passion and talent, (ii) others to awaken a similar enquiry in them, and (iii) the world to become aware of the paradigms which determine the real challenges requiring our attention. It is really about listening from rather than to ...
Guest Author
Michal Kitko

The Clash of Generations or Remaking the Work Order

Michal Kitko
Head of Retail Development, Postova banka, a.s.

One of the hot debates in management today is how difficult it is to manage the new workforce generation of Millennials or Generation Y.

As a young manager born in 1983, I am living on the verge of these clashing generations, and I have had the privilege to understand a little bit of both worlds. Let me share with you my insights on how to lead this new generation. From my experience it all boils down to 3 things young people need from leaders to unleash their potential:
  • Trust: give them challenging, complex, tasks/projects
  • Give them regular and open feedback
  • Assistance in developing self-awareness and to grow—to find their “spot” or career path ...
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