Líder Magazine N.º 4 – september/2018
How fast can we go after all? Or maybe it is better to ask how fast should we go? The cover theme of this edition is the great question – How fast can we go? – to be answered at the Leadership Summit Portugal 2018.
This question is one which concentrates many of the unease of our leaders. To be prepared to lead in a rapid, new, strange world where our very humanity is brought into question, is the ultimate challenge. What do the new leaders have to know? How can the current leaders adapt? How to anticipate, plan and manage? How to be creative and innovative? How can we manage people and machines? How can one lead in this brave new world?
And if all these doubts haunt our present, what can we say about 2084? What will the future world be like for a seventy-year old adult who is just a baby today? This is the premise of 2084 Imagine, an interview project carried out by the film-maker Graça Castanheira, who focuses on the contemporary times of the next generations, listening to many different ideas and conjectures on the future of individuals, societies and of our planet.
And what opinion do our young leaders have of all this? What is the position of the men and women who will redefine the concept of leadership in the future? The Global Shapers Lisbon Hub answered our question – How fast can we go? – and the result was, at the very least, unsettling.
But irrespective of all the technology that our future may bring in our favour, the way in which we react to obstacles and adversities in our lives continues to depend solely on us and that which (still) defines us humans.
Our capacity for resilience and adaptation seems to know no limits and it is precisely that which is being studied by the Nova SBE research project, Resilient Leaders, where the aim is to demonstrate it via analysis of the traumatic or disruptive experiences of some leaders and the constructive and persistent way that they dealt with its effects.
Still on the subject of adversity, for many women, gender inequality is still one of the major obstacles they have to face daily, be it on the personal or on the professional level; for all of us, as a society and as a collective group, this is a problem which needs must be resolved but which has a very long way to go. Despite women’s participation in advanced education having increased exponentially, subsequent careers are still today, short, with lower salary scales and far less leadership positions. It is precisely in this context that platforms such as Spring Up Europe have emerged, and whose objective is to accelerate, develop and consolidate the growth of entrepreneurial projects led by women, as well as giving them access to a platform of international investors and the support of a global community of experts.
However, if we consider that our reality in the western world is difficult, in many other places on the planet we can only imagine and qualify the reality as unbearable. Take the example of Mozambique, one of the poorest countries in the world but with a very young population – women under 30 represent 37% of the 28 million inhabitants –, where about 50% of girls either marry or have their first child before the age of 18 and only 1% reaches advanced education. A cycle which perpetuates the absence of women in schools, in companies and in the decision-making positions of the country and which the Girl MOVE Academy aims to break through its mentoring method in cascade.
Also noteworthy is the opening interview of Volker Hirsch, a mobile, gaming and digital media entrepreneur and executive, who believes it is possible to develop the digital world without forgetting the human component.
Finally, in the Books’ section, special distinction for The 6 Elements: A Brief History of Nature, Mankind and Technology, by Diogo Almeida Alves; Gargalhadorismo – Entrepreneurship with Humour, by Abbadhia Vieira; and How Fast Can We Go? – The role of the leader in digital transformation, by Anabela Chastre.