Portraits In Leadership

The essence of leadership

Portraits In Leadership Collage

It’s not every day you get an invitation
to have lunch on a 4,770-tonne
fully operational warship. How could
you turn that down? The luncheon,
which took place in late August, was
hosted by Paul Maddison, Commander
of the Royal Canadian Navy. It was
held in honour of Mark McQueen—
one of the business leaders featured
in this very publication—to celebrate
his appointment as an Honourary
Captain of the Navy.

During the lunch, I asked one of my
dining companions what he’d like to
see more of in Canadian Business. He
brought up the issue of leadership,
noting that the press has done a good
job of holding up failed business leaders
for inspection (especially during
the financial crisis), but he felt it was
time for us to hold up some positive
role models too. Leaders that other
leaders could learn from.

That’s what this, the 2012 edition of
“Portraits in Leadership,” is all about.
Strong leaders are difficult to capture
in print. They often seem born, not
made. Yet, as you flip through the
pages that follow, you’ll make some
surprising discoveries. In some cases,
the remarks will be a reminder of
something you learned long ago but
perhaps forgot. In other cases, they
offer fresh new insight.

After my lunch with Vice-Admiral
Maddison, I had the opportunity to
ask him about the qualities that great
leaders have also. In his view, honesty,
integrity, compassion and sincerity
top the list. He is often called to lead
men and women into dangerous situations,
where trust is paramount. He
builds that trust by being strong when
he has to, but also by letting his more
human side show through when the
situation calls for it too.

Whatever type of business you’re
in, I hope that the pages that follow
help to inspire you—that they remind
you why you do what you do. I’d like
to sincerely thank the Ted Rogers
Leadership Centre at Ryerson University,
our partner in this project,
as well as our sponsors, for helping
to make this happen. And a special
thanks to the leaders themselves for
generously donating their time, and
their wisdom too.

Duncan Hood, Editor, Canadian Business

A message from IBM Canada’s John M. Lutz

Presented by the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre, Ryerson University

 

Leadership has never been so important or so
challenging as it is today. Today’s leaders have to
navigate complexity, rapid change, unpredictable
markets, global interconnectedness and evolving
regulatory environments as never before. That
takes skill, knowledge, creativity and strength. And
it requires a commitment to developing those
skills in the next generation coming along. That’s
what Ted Rogers believed, and that is the guiding
philosophy behind the Ted Rogers Leadership
Centre at Ryerson University.

The Ted Rogers Leadership Centre develops
the skills that leaders need to excel in the organizations
of today and tomorrow. We do that by
combining academic and practical approaches,
giving students opportunities to learn how they
can become tomorrow’s leaders. As well, the centre
provides alumni and leaders from different
sectors with a forum to better understand the
challenges and opportunities that define our modern
economies, and what it will take to drive even
greater success in the future.

forum to better understand the challenges and opportunities that define our modern economies, and what it will take to drive even greater success in the future.