Leadership in diversity & Diversity in leadership

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16/06/2017   12:30 - 17:00
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Georganiseerd door SIETAR NL in samenwerking met Hogeschool Windesheim in Zwolle

As a manager you want to make the most of the qualities of your team members. Not only their personal qualities, but also the qualities that are part of their cultural inheritance. Moreover, many organisations are becoming increasingly international. Cultural diversity can be a giant asset to a team. People who think and act from different perspectives and frameworks enable a team to be more creative and come to better solutions.

However, as a manager you have to know how to deal with this diversity. The question is: how? If you don’t do it right, it can lead to a dishevelled or even a mutually destructive team.

On the 16th of June we will dive into the following two themes:

  • How can managers ensure that (cultural) diversity flourishes?
    What are best practices in the field? In how far can you train leaders in this?
  • How diverse are our own leaders/managers?
    What are advantages for leaders with a culturally diverse background?


12.30-13.00           Walk-in with coffee and tea
13.00-14.00           KEYNOTE: 3 stimulating speeches like TED talks. These will give you an overview of the theme: What is the current state of affairs when it comes to leadership? What are the challenges now and in the future?
14.15-16.15           WORKSHOPS: Choose 1 of 4 workshops. They last 2 hours which enables the participants to actively engage and dive into the subject.
16.25-17.00           Energising closure


  • What does the international market require from our current leaders?
    Georges Taels, Manager Department International Business Development of Training and Assessment Agency GITP
  • In how far are cultural competencies in leaders trainable?
    Marcel van der Poel, Senior researcher at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and freelance trainer
  • Future Literacy: What will be asked from our leaders in the future?
    Anet de Greef-Doornbos, Trainer and teacher at Hanze University of Applied Sciences

This conference will be held in English. There will be 2 Dutch workshops and 2 English workshops. There is only a limited amount of seats available, so get your tickets soon!

Date:               Friday, June 16, 2017
Time:              12.30 – 17.00 (drinks afterwards)
Location:      Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Building X, Campus 2-6, Zwolle
Cost:               €50,- for a regular ticket; € 40,- for employees of Windesheim; €25,- for Sietar members; €15 for students
Tickets:          Order your ticket online.


  1. International leadership, trainable or not? (English)
    Frank Garten is an experienced consultant in the field of intercultural cooperation in international business and leadership. He has written two books: Managing through a mirror and Werken met andere culturen (Working with other cultures). He will facilitate this workshop together with philosopher Erik Boers, who works with meaningful dialogues in business, and who is the author of the book Publieke bezinning (Public reflection). In this workshop they will work on the following question: which competences are relevant for the international business leader of the future? Are these competences really trainable? If not, what are best practices? By means of meaningful conversation methods they will research these questions. They don’t just want an exchange of opinions, but to have a ‘good talk’ about this theme. The goal is to get answers that you can use in practice.
  1. The advantage of diverse leadership (Dutch)
    Qader Shafiq is the director of Bureau Wijland and the Acadamy for Colorful Leadership. This ‘post-HBO’ programme teaches professionals how they can lead a project from a diversity perspective. The learning directives are strategic management, managing diversity, and personal effectiveness as a leader. Together with us Qader Shafiq will research which extra competences leaders with a diverse background possess. How can they benefit most from these qualities? How diverse are our current leaders, and how can we stimulate diversity amongst leaders?
  1. African Ubuntu-leadership in a Western context (Dutch)
    Leontine Keijzer-Gango is and international coach and founder of Karfo coaching. Dhian Sioe Lie has been working with Ubuntu for years in his company ubuntu@work. During this workshop you will gather under the metaphorical baobab and experience what leadership and diversity in leadership means in Ubuntu, and in what ways it is different from other methods and beliefs. They will show you how making use of diversity is already an integral part of African Ubuntu. Together you will research the value of Ubuntu for leadership and diversity, now and in the future.
  1. ELITES: successful leaders with a bi-cultural background (English)
    Ismintha Waldring, researcher and teacher at the VU Amsterdam and Elif Keskiner, researcher at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, will give an interactive workshop about ELITES – Pathways to Success, a major international research project that focused on second generation people with a Turkish or Moroccan background who are in a leadership position. Which conditions have helped them get to this position? What kind of challenges do they face and how do they manage to constructively spin those challenges? What are the differences between certain countries and different work areas such as education or the legal profession? In an interactive manner you will research what the implications are in reality. What do we need to ensure that bi-cultural ELITES can flourish and what could potential challenges be?

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