MCB Speaker Series: Embrace & enhance leadership to attain executive success
Francois-Daniel Migeon, Founder of Thomas More Partners, emphasised that individual convictions, past experiences, power of personality and the capacity and intensity to transform are the main elements that distinguish a leader. (Image: Cecilia Samoisi)
The fifth edition of the MCB Business Banking Speaker’s Series was hosted by the Mauritius-based banking major on Wednesday, 28 January 2015, under the theme ‘‘The impact of authentic leadership on your enterprise.”
The MCB Speaker series aims at providing insights into different leadership aspects for getting the right resources in place. It also seeks to provide adequate leadership support right from day one to the organisation and help propel it to new heights of success.
The speaker for the series, Francois-Daniel Migeon, Founder of Thomas More Partners, held an interactive session with the audience while sharing his in-depth knowledge of quality and authentic leadership. With his business partner Olivier Brousse, who was also present for this session, Daniel Migeon exchanged his expertise and experiences around the notion of leadership.
He emphasised that individual convictions, past experiences, power of personality and the capacity and intensity to transform are the main elements that distinguish a leader.
Daniel Migeon captured the attention of the audience with his perceptive discourse on leadership that motivates and stimulates those in the vicinity of the leader. He explained that the objective of exchanging leadership values and skills is to catalyse change while creating growth within an organisation. However, such an outcome will only be derived from authentic leadership.
Migeon defined the concept of leadership using three relevant criterion: Sense, Development and Confidence.
Sense: In order to be a leader, the goal must impart a sense of purpose and have a specific direction.
Development: A leader must engage in positive interactions with others while assessing the competence of the person with whom the interaction is taking place. The true leader is able to form a relationship whereby he or she can cull the best performance from those around him.
Confidence: A leader should be able to inspire trust and confidence in himself and the environment he or she has created for the team.
Daniel Migeon went on to note that being an ideal leader while sharing a common vision can only be achieved by believing deeply in a goal that makes sense for the aspiring leader. And, a goal that gives a sense of purpose will inspire a feeling of “professional vocation”, thus liberating inner reserves of innovation, energy, creativity, engagement, joy, livelihood and dynamism towards the realisation of a sought-after goal. However, on the other hand, if deprived that much-needed sense of professional vocation, the same person will instead be trapped in a cycle of betrayal, lies, wastage, emptiness, disinterest and death. The sense of professional vocation is ultimately what lies between the “world of dynamism’’ and the “world of disinterest,’’ according to Migeon.
Secondly, Daniel Migeon noted that the value essential to a sense of professional vocation is “the way of being”. “The way of being” refers to the quality of relationship that one establishes with his environment. However, in order to share a quality relationship one must be “serviceable”, which implies a state of being whereby the bond shared is fluid, attentive and welcoming, even through a gaze. To be in a serviceable state of being is to share a sphere of procreation, respect and perception of a common future. In stark contrast, when one is in an “unserviceable” state of being, he or she will look out for his or her own interests, no matter what other people think.
On the third plane, Migeon pondered over the re-emergence of the self in order to attain a professional vocation and way of being. He defined this mechanism as “Le Moment de Resource”, where one goes back in his or her memory to find someone who has contributed positively to his or her current “way of being”, and choose one particular moment when they were both authentic and sincere with one and another. Such experiences will serve as a bond of re-connection and re-emergence with oneself.
Finally, from “Le Moment Resource”, one gain self-confidence, authenticity, fluidity, versatility and clarity in his or her persona.
Daniel Migeon summed up by stressing that the power of authentic leadership will give a sense of purpose and motivate people to develop authentic leadership in others.
- By Kashish Jadoo