Leading With Meaning

A values-based approach to building new patterns of thought and action
Free Webinar
Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:00 PM EDT

In most organizations, leaders and managers focus on transactional activities and bottom-line results. Few are encouraged to consider how their contributions at work — how well they perform — have meaningful consequences for followers, their organizations, and society.

Does it matter whether or not people connect their work to their communities? If so, what role do leaders have in helping employees make these larger connections?

Research shows that a sense of meaning matters a great deal to leaders, followers, and organizations. Positive emotions broaden existing thought patterns and help people be more creative and make better decisions. Employees with a purposeful approach to work life tend to be more resilient in the face of uncertainty or stress. And leaders whose strong values are reflected in their actions show employees how to transcend self interest.

In this webinar, Smith School of Business professor Matthias Spitzmuller discusses how leaders can develop meaning within themselves and others. Drawing on his research into authenticity, Spitzmuller shows why positive emotions matter in the workplace and how they can be influenced by leaders and their followers.

In this 60-minute session, participants will learn about:

  • The importance of meaning in a time of turbulence and change
  • Authenticity as a starting point to develop meaning
  • The role of positive emotions in the leadership process
  • How leaders can create meaning by empowering employees and supporting their personal development

Matthias Spitzmuller is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business. His research focuses on team leadership and on helping behaviors/cooperative work behaviors and has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Matthias has taught classes on Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management to undergraduate students, MBA students, and doctoral students. He has also served as a lecturer on leadership in executive education programs at the National University of Singapore and Harvard Business School Publishing. Prior to joining Smith School of Business, Matthias worked as an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore.

Matthias completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour under the guidance of Prof. John R. Hollenbeck at Michigan State University. He also holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Before embarking on his academic career, Matthias worked for Kienbaum Management Consultants as assistant to the CEO and consultant. In his work for Kienbaum, Matthias consulted organizations on Strategic HRM issues and on realigning / reorganizing their HRM.

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