ILA Podcast

How Would We Lead If We Believed Humans Were A Peaceful Species?

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with Mike Hardy

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During this conversation, we talk about peacefulness – and leading toward an increased level of peacefulness. We explore the idea as humans as a peaceful species – and his search for communities that are already peaceful to emulate. We talk about a broad range of topics focusing on living in turbulent times and Mike’s reflections cultivated from a very successful career working across the globe. 1. We are defined by our self-awareness and our connection with others. We must be able to shift our selves and cultures as the world changes. 2. If we are not adapting our world view, we want to move to the past because that is what we know and where we think we will feel safer. Now, we must address the anxieties people face. 3. How do we identify places that are peaceful and replicate them rather than “fixing” or making peace? He wraps the conversation up with Mike’s recommendations for what every leader needs to cultivate to promote peacefulness in their lives and work.

About the Guest

Mike Hardy

Professor Mike Hardy CMG OBE FRSA is Founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK. After a distinguished career, he returned to the academic world in 2011 as Professor of Intercultural Relations at Coventry University. Mike is active with UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations; he is currently lead advisor to the World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, the World Peace Forum in Indonesia and directs the RISING Global Peace Forum at Coventry. Professor Hardy has been twice honoured, awarded the OBE in 2001 for his peace-building work in the Middle East, and appointed a Companion of Honour of St Michael and St George in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, June 2010, for his work internationally in Intercultural Dialogue. Mike is a trustee of The Faith and Belef Forum the leading interfaith charity in the UK and Board Chair of the US-based International Leadership Association.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf brings 30 years of experience and success in the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology. A regular contributor to, Metcalf has authored an award-winning book series on leadership and is the Founder & CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute. She is the host of an Innovating Leadership, a weekly international podcast that hit the airways in July 2015. As an ILA Fellow, Maureen partners with the International Leadership Associate on a series of global leadership podcasts within the show.