Enabling Impact through Cultural Fluency
There is an enormous buzz about twenty-first-century leadership competencies that reflect the evolving nature of both the organizational culture as well as the disparate expectations of stakeholders that organizational leaders have to effectively navigate. All of the aforementioned comprise the basis of an integrative approach to knowledge about self, choiceful actions and fundamentally about creating value for those that we serve as leaders. Such an integrative approach weaves in ones leadership duty of care obligation at all levels of the organization and goes beyond the bounds of compliance or political correctness. In the Emancipatory Leadership frame, leaders ask the following critical question: How can the organizational culture offer a confluence of conditions within which all members of the organization can find meaningful engagement? Such an approach requires both intentionality and the requisite frameworks and tools for effective implementation. The session will explore these phenomena in an experiential and practicable manner.
Nouman Ashraf is Assistant Professor, Rotman School of Management. He possesses a broad range of professional, academic and research interests, with a specialized focus on enabling impactful leadership practice within organization life. A recognized thought leader in governance, Nouman teaches Emancipatory Leadership within the OMNIUM Global Executive MBA Program, Leading Social Innovation within the 2 and 3 Year MBA programs, and is the winner of the 2015 and 2016 Rotman Teaching Award. Furthermore, he advises the Ontario Ministry of Education on governance renewal for all of their school boards. His previous consulting clients include Telus, Cliffs Natural Resources, Bayer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way Toronto, and numerous post-secondary and healthcare institutions globally. At lunch time, he can be found at Massey College within the University of Toronto, where he mentors exceptional post-graduate students in his capacity as Senior Fellow.
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