In a future that promises opportunity and waves of disruption, which skills will great leaders need to achieve their goals?  

Leadership expert Rose M. Patten addressed this question in an armchair chat at the University of Waterloo on March 1, 2023. The Special Advisor to the CEO of BMO Financial Group and Chancellor of the University of Toronto shared her insights in a discussion of her new book, Intentional Leadership: The Big 8 Capabilities Setting Leaders Apart

Drawing on research with nearly 1,000 leaders from a range of sectors, Rose M. Patten outlined the abilities that every leader needs to build highly successful teams. 

“These skills address the human side of leading,” she said. “All eight move you from ‘command and control’ to ‘connect and collaborate’ – because that’s what people are looking for. They want to understand the ‘why’ of things, not just the order or the decision.” 

President Vivek Goel and Rose M. Patten discuss intentional leadership

Vivek Goel (left), President and Vice-Chancellor of Waterloo, and Rose M. Patten discuss intentional leadership.

Watch Rose M. Patten’s talk to discover the eight skills required for the human side of leading, plus: 

  • three game changers that affect leaders in every sector, 
  • the mistake that stops leaders from excelling in their roles and 
  • the most important contribution a leader can make to the workforce. 

Don't miss this conversation with one of Canada's most respected advisors. Watch the armchair chat today on our new YouTube channel for alumni and friends.