ILA Podcast

The Nexis of Leadership and Practice – Royal Dutch Shell and ILA

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with Jeroen van der Veer and Cynthia Cherrey

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Jeroen van der Veer talks about his leadership strategy when you are talking about moving from A to B. Some of his key points about senior leadership are: 1. ensure you direction is very clear, 2. keep it simple, 3. focus on clear and simple communications. Then middle management translates the top leader messages to the middle level teams and create accountability. Harvest lessons learned with brutal honesty then focus on the future! We then shift focus and Cynthia Cherrey talks about her take away from the conference focusing on Leadership in Turbulent times. She brilliantly weaves together key themes from across the range of presenters that focused on thriving in times of turbulence and leveraging the chaos to create a better world now and in the future. Her comments include a recognition of the importance of leadership and the many different and nuanced roles of leaders. She also looks at the rich interplay between leaders, their organizations and their communities.

About the Guest

Jeroen van der Veer

Jeroen van der Veer was named Chief Executive of what is now Royal Dutch Shell plc in 2004 amid a corporate fraud scandal. He quickly applied his signature style of steady pragmatic leadership to right the ship, simplifying the organization’s corporate structure, putting governance procedures into place to safeguard against future indiscretions, and introducing innovations in Shell’s internal and external communications. Known for his listening skills and for being people oriented, he describes his leadership style as getting people on a “path from A to B” and setting up milestones and accountability along the way. Born in 1947, he joined Shell in 1971 and spent most of his adult life a company man, developing his leadership style as he worked his way up Shell’s corporate ladder.

Cynthia Cherrey

Cynthia Cherrey, President and CEO of the International Leadership Association (ILA), a global network of leadership scholars, educators, and practitioners. Previously, Cynthia served as Vice President and Lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She publishes in the areas of leadership, organizational development, and higher education including co-authoring Systemic Leadership: Enriching the Meaning of our Work, co-editing ILA’s Building Leadership Bridges book series, and her most recent publication is Women and Leadership around the World (co-editor). She is a Fellow at the World Business Academy and a recipient of a J.W. Fulbright Scholarship.
Cynthia’s interests and research explore new ways to live, work, and lead in a knowledge driven, interdependent, global society. She consults and speaks to for-profit and non-profit organizations around the world on leadership and organizational change

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.