An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Thriving in the New VUCA Context

VUCA Bookcover

Presenters: Rob Elkington, Madeleine Van Der Steege, Judith Glick-Smith, & Jennifer Moss Breen

Date: 10 May 2017 

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Effective leadership is critical to organizational success in the 21st century. However, anyone who has filled any type of leadership position, whether formal or informal, knows that leadership effectiveness is inextricably linked to leadership context, and leadership context is less and less open to control. This loss of control exists because of the particularly volatile conditions of the 21st century. Some of the biggest challenges currently facing individuals and businesses alike are conditions known collectively as volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, or VUCA for short. This webinar, based on our book of the same title will share the thoughtful analysis of nine authors from around the globe who put VUCA under the microscope to provide sense-making and insights that are combined with practical tips and frameworks to help leadership thrive in this new VUCA context. The webinar will suggest ways in which organizational leadership can seek to develop both the self and the organization to systemically and ethically address VUCA with innovation, collaboration, and cultural intelligence, while also effectively managing the self with resilience and flow, and supporting everyone in the organization with effective systems coaching.

Outcome of Attending

  • A clear definition and understanding of the positive dimensions of VUCA in a globalized context
  • Suggestions for effective systems leadership and self leadership within the VUCA context
  • Suggestions for leveraging organizational effectiveness within Terra Incognitae!

Speaker Information

Rob Elkington is the CEO and President of Global Leadership Initiatives ( Rob holds a Ph.D. from North West University and an Advanced Certificate in Intercultural Management from Notre Dame University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology serving in both the Business and IT faculty as well as the Education faculty where he teaches undergraduate courses in Critical Thinking and Ethics, Collaborative Leadership, Leadership Negotiation and Teamwork, Business Ethics, and graduate courses in Foundations of Leadership, Leadership and Technology, and Ethics and Leadership. He is a facilitator with the UOIT Management Development Centre, a Senior Lecturer with the Stellenbosch University School of Good Governance, and Community Liaison and Mentor for the Durham Community Innovation Lab.

Madeleine Van Der Steege is a managing editor, award-winning female entrepreneur, business coach, researcher, and writer on entrepreneurship, leadership, cross-culture, and gender equality issues. In 2013 she founded Synquity, a corporate leadership and organizational development agency offering face-to-face and virtual leadership solutions. She is a master coach for Erasmus University (Erasmus Center for Women and Organization), and a member of the management board of The Bijlmer Project which seeks to empower trafficked women ( She is also a part-time lecturer at Webster University, Leiden.

Judith (“Judy”) L. Glick-Smith is a communication, leadership, and organizational development consultant. She is the author of Flow-based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You About Leadership and Making Hard Decisions. She is President/CEO of MentorFactor, Inc., which focuses on helping organizations facilitate flow-based work environments. Judy has a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has a Master of Science in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University and a BBA in Accounting with a minor in Information Systems from Georgia State University.

Jennifer Moss Breen serves as Associate Professor and Program Director for Creighton University’s Interdisciplinary Leadership Ed.D. Before joining Creighton Jennifer served as the inaugural Director of Bellevue University’s Human Capital Management Ph.D. program. Jennifer earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska (2006) in Leadership Studies.  She currently serves as the Past president of the Association of Leadership Educators and the Past Chair of the Business Leadership Member Interest Group for the International Leadership Association. Jennifer teaches business leadership and physician leadership courses at Creighton University and conducts research in the areas of leader resilience, leader humility, knowledge sharing, leadership development, and medical school leadership education. Learn more about Jennifer.