The idea of making a series on 12 Women Leaders came from my experience of coaching hundreds of executive women and men, providing in depth constructive and personal feedback with a model called the SPM.
The corporate world would be such a better place if more leaders were to invent a new kind of leadership, an “innovative leadership”, an open leadership, opening new possibilities, solutions and collaborations.
We need more role models, especially for girls and women, to show us the way and inspire us to action.
That’s the reason why I’m writing this series, and collecting stories of remarquable women leaders, from different cultures, with different personal styles and values. We can’t identify anymore with the stereotyped representation of the “LEADER” ( a WASP Superhero).
We aspire for different models, reflecting the diversity of the world, in cultures, in genders, in classes, in generations, in skin colors, and …in souls. NOW.
Now is also the name of the leadership model we have been co-developing with Doctor Anne Perschel. Our “brainchild”, growing up amazingly quickly, under the pressures of accelerated globalization, female brain-drain, collapse of traditional leadership models. We are currently designing a brand new range of leadership programs, not only for women, for the future gender balanced workplace.
You can now read all 12 styles of leadership, illustrated by 12 women leaders:
1. Ursula Burns, the Achiever
2. Meg Whitman, the Persuader
The Spony Profiling Model (SPM), is the fruit of 8 years of research by Dr. Gilles
Spony at Cranfield School of Management. The illustrations provided here come from my own interpretation of the model, with the permission of Gilles Spony.
I wish the successful women leaders featured in my research had taken the profile! They have not. Not yet…However, they communicate, via the public media, certain major aspects of each of the twelve dimensions.
My point is to offer a wide range of styles, with some clearly visible illustrations, that women can easily identify from. I intend to do the same for men.
You can read a detailed description of the model, its theories and applications in The SPM, Innovative, Cross-Cultural and 21st Century Ready
My research is based on The Financial Times list of Top 50 Women in World Business, which offers an international scope, taking into account North America, of course, but also Asia, Australia, Middle East and Europe. Research still in progress…