Posts Tagged: leadership

Survival Tips to Good Governance

With the federal election campaign roughly beyond the halfway mark, politics and politicians — what they say, how they behave and who might get and not get elected — are on the minds of many Canadians.  For those running for office, getting elected is only half the battle.  The other shoe to drop is stepping into the role and doing the work. Today’s climate for individuals serving the public as an elected official is a challenging one.  The majority of…

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Bad Habits Good Leaders Should Avoid

The Pitfalls of Poor Leadership A lot is written about leadership these days, probably because our complex world requires skilled and strong leaders to find solutions that make a positive difference to the human condition.  Unfortunately, the flip side of good leadership is poor leadership, and recognizing some of the fundamental differences is essential if organizations and the people in them are to thrive and grow. We all know good and poor leadership when we see it and when we…

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Recent Study Released on Gender Equality

CBC News covered a new study released by the non-profit group Catalyst Canada (promoting women in business), that shows that gender equality on corporate boards in Canada puts us in the “middle of the pack.”  As of October 2014, the study reveals that 20.8% of seats at the Board table of companies listed on the S&P and TSX 60 market index were filled by women.  This adds to gender diversity statistics I shared in my earlier blog article, from the…

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C – Change

To change and shift an organization’s culture from “what was and is, to what can be,” may be one of the most challenging issues facing any new leader.  While new leadership can be exciting and promises positive opportunities, change can also be threatening.   Therefore, making change should always be approached as a process over time, and not as an abrupt event.  It’s unfortunate that many good leaders who could be great leaders, sometimes miss this important point.  Some leaders also…

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Making Room for Women – The OSLER Report

In a recently published report by OSLER, titled “Planning for 2015:  A 2014 Canadian Proxy Season Retrospective,” gender diversity on boards and in senior management is acknowledged as a long standing concern.  Among Canada’s 500 largest companies, the report indicates that board seats held by women sits at just 15.9%.  While there have been improvements to communication, recruitment and media interest in the subject, progress over time has been “slow.”  For example, in 2011, the percentage of women directors among…

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Women As Leaders

Women in leadership led the November 25th Times Colonist front page, “Mostly Female Councils Changing the Face of Politics,”  focused on the number of female candidates elected in the CRD as a result of the most recent municipal election.  Although many women may be newly elected to local government, we know that they are not new to various leadership roles in their own lives and communities.  Women bring unique perspectives to public life and as the TC article suggests, women…

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ELECTION REFLECTION

It was an amazing race for the Mayor’s job and with a wonderful group of volunteers who pitched in willingly and did everything right, I was proud of our campaign.  We worked so hard to reach voters and present a different choice for leadership and a different voice of experience.  In the end, the voters chose the incumbent, preferring to go with what they know. I was aware of the risk going in, that to win would be the biggest…

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