At the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) we have 18 thematic clusters including Leadership. Dive in deeper with our one of the experts, Dr Patrick Sweet, who will be co-directing our upcoming executive education course in Geneva on ‘Lead and Influence with Impact’ in partnership with Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
Tell us about yourself:
Name: Dr Patrick Sweet
Employer: Center for Creative Leadership
Education: PhD. Business Economics
Job title: Co-Director, Geneva Leadership Alliance
Fun Fact: I live in one of the ‘best kept secrets’ in Stockholm, Sweden
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
GCSP: Why did you choose to enter this field?
Relationships between people and cultural values matter in all attempts to advance society, and most economists miss this.
GCSP: What is your role at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy?
As Co-Director for the Geneva Leadership Alliance, I bring decades of experience to developing organisations and leaders. I teach, facilitate, and design programs and courses, as well as plan and co-lead the evolution of the Geneva Leadership Alliance as it serves society.
GCSP: Tell us more about the courses you run?
We focus on essentials of increasing collective capacity to lead for individual, groups and systems. We make learning to lead accessible to anyone who wants to lead and/or is required to do so. Influence with and without authority, culture, paradox, turbulence, social identity, inclusion and diversity, ethics and integrity, authenticity; each challenge all of us when we lead. Our courses address these topics focusing on cross-cutting essentials of leading where no ‘one size fits all’, but rather how do you create Direction, Alignment and Commitment in diverse contexts in an effective (and inclusive) manner?
GCSP: How do you see leadership shaping the future?
A multiplier effect: Leaders shape the future. Leaders come to the GCSP. We help leaders learn how to shape their own and others’ collective futures.
GCSP: What have you learnt from the participants in your courses?
Solutions to challenges often exist in the room and our role is to elicit individual contributions that co-create collective and actionable wisdom. My personal views are always incomplete, often in need of adjustment, and can be advanced by others quickly, or not. Essentially, this is what leading is about.
GCSP: What is the best piece of advice you were ever given?
It’s ok to fail; but not repeatedly the same way. Ask for help and advice early and be loyal the learning process, not its outcome.
GCSP: What’s the next challenge for leadership?
Finding a productive leverage between individual and collective learning and action, that can be learned and used by others.
GCSP: What’s coming up next in leadership?
Stay tuned while we learn to explore the role of ethics and collective wisdom in organisational leader behaviour and decision-making, and the need to leverage both collective practices and individual competencies in leading.
GCSP: Why are you passionate about this subject? Why does it make a difference for you personally or professionally?
Leadership is both part of the cause of many problems and part of the repertoire of interventions. By focusing on leading, leaders and leadership I feel we can co-shape our futures for the better.