Guest Blog – Jaana Laine-Richter, Managing Director, Partner, Alumni
Leadership development has been an underlining objective of mine. That came from my experience of being given great responsibility from the very start. With support and training, the environment gave me a solid skill set and a valuable approach to develop my career with an eye for encouraging and influencing others. These ideals still guide me in all I do.
When I joined Alumni Nordics twelve years ago it was clear the company’s leadership philosophy mirrored my own. I am now responsible for Alumni’s Leadership Consulting where we deliver leadership services to the entire Harvey Nash Group. The team and I have a broad geographical presence and varied functions with opportunities to benchmark leadership in different industries and markets. We in turn use that knowledge, along with the experience of diverse consultants, to help our clients to greater productivity and growth.
The crisis in Ukraine illustrates how volatile and uncertain the world community and economy is. We do not know what we are going to face as individuals, as employees or as companies. As with the current pandemic, organizations are now challenged to consider embedded assumptions of leadership and their approaches. Global instability amplifies the need for humanistic and authentic leadership regardless of culture and social structures. Already this is a frequent topic my colleagues are discussing with their clients.
These universal shifts require companies to re-evaluate their people agenda and look for new paths forward. We’ve been privileged to work with major international companies on developing their leadership. Business and the global economy will need to adapt and adjust more quickly than ever. Wise and informed leadership is essential for success and survival.
We look forward to working together and getting your comments and suggestions in this discussion!