FGV participates in Harvard Business Review leadership event

28 June 2013

FGV In Company attended the event Leadership going through transformations in complex environments, held by Harvard Business Review at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in São Paulo - Brazil. The seminar brought together managers from companies such as Bradesco, Bunge, Duratex, Banco do Brasil, Microsoft, TOTVS, Unilever, Siemens and Votorantim.

FGV in company's director and IDE's vice-director, Stavros Xanthopoylos, moderated the discussion The ways to develop people and business leaders among Peter Cappelli, director of the Center for Human Resources at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Anthony Mayo, director of the Leadership Initiative department at Harvard Business School, and Marcelo Miranda, president of Precon Engenharia.

Fundação Getulio Vargas has been training leaders for a long time. Over the past 20 years we have offered MBA programs nationwide, and we have already trained tens of thousands of managers. It is our mission and we are proud to be at the forefront of this process, said Xanthopoylos at the beginning of the debate. Now our challenge in Brazil goes beyond preparing leaders. We have to train our employees.

When asked how a leader can keep his/her employees involved, Peter Cappelli mentioned a classic phrase by Tolstoy in the book Anna Karenina. Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. For him, there are several reasons for an unhappy professional. Administrators need to understand that people have not only financial, but also psychological needs. They want to have influence on what they do, and they care about how they are treated. Leadership is one of the factors of engagement, but there are others, he said.

Co-author of the book The India way: how India's top business leaders are revolutionizing, the representative of Wharton School drew attention to the fact that in the Indian culture the success of a company is never directly linked to the figure of the president, but the work of everyone in the organization, while in the United States, when a company is successful, it is the CEO who appears on the covers of magazines with personal statements about the company.

Anthony Mayo emphasized the importance of trust in the relationship among leaders and followers and mentioned some core competencies of a leader, such as a focus on achievement, positive thinking, self-control, adaptability, organizational awareness and empathy. The administrator must always ask himself/herself: am I creating an environment for people to feel motivated and challenged? he said.

Throughout the debate, Marcelo Miranda said that, during a survey, he asked CEOs to summarize in one word their role, and the word pressure was the most recurrent. In my opinion, the leader's greatest challenge is walk the talk, that is, do what you say you will do. He/she needs to have the ability of changing and learning, resilience and to focus on the operation. It is important that CEOs talk to shop-floor employees, he said.

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