Currently I sit as a member on a not-for-profit board that values a democratic, collaborative organizational structure over the traditional hierarchical model. While each of us feels empowered that we come to the table as an equal, we do at times struggle with the lack of continuity in the absence of a single “go-to” person. People are used to having a leader to turn to and that is a hard habit to break. Consensus does take time.
The concept of leadership is definitely changing for the better and in this issue, Lisa Sansom explores some of the qualities a progressive 21st century leader should embrace.
To illustrate our point we feature an interview with a famous Canadian leader, known for his insight and integrity—Jim
Balsillie, Co-CEO of Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of the Blackberry. Mr. Balsillie embodies the Your Workplace vision of enlightened leadership and we are pleased to be able to share his thoughts with you.
Building on this concept, we share the insights of Kenny Moore, a former monk turned corporate Director of HR. He talks about the spiritual roles of leadership in addition to the managerial and the importance of faith, hope, and charity in the workplace.
To compel you to walk our path to an enlightened workplace, in this issue we offer a workplace health assessment and we share moments of inspiration from the Your Workplace 2008 Healthy Workplaces Conference. We hope you will find these tips and tools helpful.
Helping people to help themselves is our mission and we always like to hear how you are faring on this inspiring journey. Share your story.
Krista Oulton Welsh