Thursday 9 Sep 2021
⏰ MELBOURNE TIME
7.00 - 9.00 pm
⏰ LOCAL START TIME
Mr Elco Schwartz
Consultant/Coach, Consulting & Coaching 4 Good, Netherlands
As business consultant and executive coach, Elco draws on 30 years of experience in various roles as senior executive and consultant, working and living in markets like China, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Thailand, Bangladesh, Ghana, Australia, and Singapore. His focus is strategy development and the implementation of strategic transformations through building high performing, multi-cultural teams. Elco is passionate about education and was a Board member of the non-profit Western Academy of Beijing, a leading International I.B. School.
Elco holds a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering from Twente University, the Netherlands, and an INSEAD Executive Master Degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change (with Distinction). He is also an INSEAD Certified International Director and mentor in its mentoring program for non-executive directors. In addition, he is a certified ICF and Advanced Analytic-Network coach , certified in 360 feedback instruments and is completing the KDVI certification for Group Coaching. His current research deals with board effectiveness from a psychological perspectiveGovernance and is part of his doctoral work at the Vrije Universiteit University of Amsterdam.
Leadership Unbound: Female leadership effectiveness in modern China against the backdrop of collective traumas & emerging opportunities
This aims to illuminate the system psychodynamics behind the remarkable effectiveness of Chinese female leaders. It argues that the unconscious transmission of experiences during unspoken collective traumas like the 1000-year old practice of female foot binding, the Great Famine, and the Cultural Revolution contribute to shaping certain specific leader values and provide a strong purpose in life.
These findings emerged during socio-analytical interviews with senior Chinese female leaders. The paper draws on the work of Long and Bollas by using drawing exercises to provide access to unconscious or preconscious experiences, making them available for exploration. Data was collected through an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the interview results and structured by applying the “Framework for Transforming Experience into Authentic Action through Role’ (TEF).
The results revealed that, while taking up their roles as leaders, the participants demonstrated themselves to be very purpose driven, to have an extraordinary capacity for endurance and perseverance, to embrace a yearning for recognition, and to possess a desire for justice. These characteristics suggest that Chinese female leaders offer specific leadership strengths that grow out of the particular cultural and historical context they and their ancestors have experienced.
Awareness of these repressed or unthought experiences could prove helpful in creating reflexivity and supporting further leadership development. Furthermore, the findings might support female leaders in China in developing the capacity to understand and work with the dynamics at play: tame it, name it, frame it, contain it, and work with it. Additionally, they might foster an increased sense of confidence among Chinese women and the wisdom for all to work with the power of female leadership.
Small group discussion; impressions of the paper and developing questions for the presenter
Discussion forum with the presenter; moderated for the speaker to elaborate their ideas
Discussion forum with the presenter; themes from the discussions
Whole symposium open reflection discussion