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10 Things You Need to Know About Leadership (that no-one told you) | Sample Class

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Date: Wednesday May 15, 2019 | 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Speaker(s): Nouman Ashraf
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Organizational Behavior
Venue: Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
Fleck Atrium
105 St.George Street
Toronto, ON
Location: Toronto
Cost: Free
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10 Things You Need to Know About Leadership (that no-one told you)

Sample Class

There is so much discussion about leadership and yet very little clarity. Increasingly, there is a credibility gap within organization and one of the key reasons for it is a lack of appreciation for the how to lead across differences.

Inclusive leadership matters deeply to organizations because it represents its values at the level of organizational routines and interpersonal practices. While diversity exists by default, enabling inclusion as a culture requires embracing a design mindset that aligns organizational norms, behaviours and routines with organizational intent.

This session focuses on learning to use our awareness, intent and skill to enable cultural fluency in living out our mission and to take purposeful steps in creating an engaging and inclusive environments.


Faculty Bio:

Nouman Ashraf is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream within the Organizational Behavior area at the Rotman School of Management.

He possesses a broad range of professional, academic and research interests, with a specialized focus on enabling inclusive and innovative practices within teams, organizations and boards. For the last decade and a half, he has held progressively senior roles at the University of Toronto. He is a recognized thought leader in governance, and has taught thousands of directors in the national Rotman program on Not for Profit Governance in partnership with the Institute for Corporate Directors since its inception in 2007.

Winner of numerous teaching awards, Nouman teaches Emancipatory Leadership within the OMNIUM GEMBA program, Leading Social Innovation with the 2 and 3 year MBA program and Leading Across Differences within the Rotman Commerce Program.

Nouman has advised numerous clients such as Shopper’s Drugmart, Tory’s, the Canada Pension Plan and Investment Board, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way Toronto, and numerous post-secondary and healthcare institutions.

Nouman serves as Teaching Fellow at the Institute for Gender + the Economy. He is also an Associate at Trinity College within the University of Toronto.

At lunch time, he can be found at Massey College within the University of Toronto, where he mentors exceptional post-graduate students in his capacity as Senior Fellow Emeritus.


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