Financial Times.Ask the outsider: Bas Kodden LEADERSHIP PROFESSOR

Inspiration and innovation can often be stifled by a herd mentality, says Bas Kodden, leadership coach and director of the executive MBA at Nyenrode Business Universiteit in the Netherlands. Diversity of thought can be encouraged by bringing together people of different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives, but how do you make it a core part of company culture, rather than just a policy? Mr Kodden says recruiters must be aware of their organisation’s objectives. Managers should be discouraged from hiring in their own image or going with “gut feeling”. “Instead they must be trained to recognise adaptability, intelligence and candidates who know their own strengths,” he adds. This can be strengthened by setting rigorous annual hiring and promotion targets. In order to formulate these, big data should be collected about the successes and career paths of historic hires, taking note of the diversity of these employees. Janina Conboye


Cambridge Journals. Leadership and the concept of work engagement. 

During the past decade, a great deal of research has been carried out on the importance of employee engagement. In various studies, engagement is viewed as a positive state of mind of overwhelming satisfaction, which is characterized by feelings of vigour, dedication and absorption. In this article, ‘vigour’ refers to a state of mind in which individuals feel energetic, fit, strong and indefatigable. ‘Dedication’ refers to a state of mind in which individuals feel highly engaged by their work, which inspires them, and makes them feel proud and enthusiastic. ‘Absorption’ refers to a pleasant state of mind in which individuals are fully immersed in their work. This article provides an overview of a number of perspectives on leadership and discusses which leadership factors are likely to be the most effective in ensuring that employees remain engaged and productive. It also provides a conceptual model for further research on the relationship between leadership styles and work engagement.