Leadership Taboo Talks
Dare to be a vulnerable leader
Wed 01 June / PROFESSIONAL / 6:30 - 8PM
Let’s face it - most of us work in professional environments where emotions, sensitivity and vulnerability are seen with suspicion, where emotional intelligence and building alliances are called "soft skills".
If you really want to 'make it' in your career, you have to be a tough, rational and competitive leader: the idea of a minority of alpha leaders has shaped what we perceive as "normal". Most men and women feel under pressure to blend in and conform to these unwritten rules of success in order to be respected and rise in their careers. The consequence: most hold back their natural talents and unique perspectives - and get exhausted and frustrated.
In her Leadership Taboo Talk, Helene Banner will argue that a "strong leader" actually needs to be humble, kind and vulnerable, and that this different idea of leadership and courage will give more power to both men and women in their careers. Helene will show how we can get there and why having more diverse leaders is no longer a politically correct move or a 'women‘s issue', but a hardcore business case for more balanced decisions, better mental health, more ideas and, in the end, sustainable political and economic success for both men and women.
Helene is a speaker, workshop host and mentor who founded “Let’s Just Be Imperfect, Ladies” after her 10-year career as a senior communication advisor at the European Commission in Brussels and Berlin. In 2019, she was the German speechwriter of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and advised Ursula von der Leyen in the weeks when she became the first female President of the European Commission.
With this experience of being a young woman in senior positions, Helene now supports women and men working in alpha-dominated work environments to find their confidence in their authentic leadership style and their own definition of success. As a speaker, she brings male and female leaders together for a more open, transparent and diverse work culture in their organisations. Helene is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.