ILA Podcast

Leadership Evolution: Theory and Practice In Action

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with Gill Robinson Hickman and Jorrit Volkers

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Gill and Jorrit discuss how organizations and researchers combine theory and practice to teach leadership to university students and career professionals. They talk about need for ongoing curiosity and learning at every stage of professional life. The ILA provides a forum for the interchange between scholarship and practice. Practitioners like Jorrit share the challenges businesses face and provide a venue to support great research. The findings are then integrated back into academic work updating what students learn as well as are taught to professionals at Deloitte University to support delivering great outcomes to clients and creating a society that can meet the challenges that continue to emerge. A practical example of current research is: leading and working in the “e” environment. Their combined work will result in new models supporting better practices to create healthy working environments. This research contributes to the 2017 ILA conference, Leading In Turbulent Times.

About the Guest

Gill Hickman

Gill Robinson Hickman is Professor of Leadership Studies Emerita at Jepson School of Leadership studies and winner of the 2016 ILA lifetime achievement award. Compelling common purpose would be three words at the core of Gill’s institution building work in leadership studies, her life and her research. As one of the inaugural faculty members of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, one of the first institutions in the world with a multidisciplinary faculty devoted to the study of leadership, Gill joined forces with her colleagues to build a leadership studies program from the ground up. She published Leading Change in Multiple Contexts which has become a standard in a field that has experienced incredible growth since those first Jepson faculty gathered with their compelling common purpose more than 20 years ago. She grew up as a black woman in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights era where she experienced the power of people coming together in common cause.

Jorrit Volkers

Jorrit Volkers is Dean of Deloitte University Europe Middle East Africa (DU EMEA), one of the world’s largest consulting firms, Deloitte. DU EMEA designs and delivers a world-class curriculum to develop Deloitte practitioners as trusted business advisors and leaders. Its vision, which Volkers himself exemplifies is to “have a ‘game-changing’ impact on clients and people, and add value to every member firm by embedding a unified culture across borders, functions and levels.” With only four years of operations, under Volkers’ leadership, DU EMEA has already offered professional and leadership programs to nearly 18,000 participants. The mission is to develop the Deloitte culture, develop skills to serve clients better and develop people. At the heart of the curriculum is the global leader framework and the seven core competencies Deloitte leaders need: living the purpose, influence, performance drive, strategic direction, talent development, competitive edge and inspirational leadership.

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.