A thematic table talk about all things life, work and wonderous. Theme: Future-Proof Role Models
Research tells us that role modelling occurs both unconsciously and
consciously. Unconsciously, people often find themselves mimicking the
emotions, behavior, speech patterns, expressions, and moods of others
without even realizing that they are doing so.
They also consciously align their own thinking and behaviour with those
of other people—to learn, to determine what’s right, and sometimes
just to fit in.
While role modelling is commonly associated with high-power leaders such
as Barack Obama, Margaret Thatcher, and Bill Gates, it isn’t limited
to people in formal positions of authority. Everyone has the power to
model roles, and groups of people may exert the most powerful influence
of all. Robert Cialdini, a well-respected professor of psychology and
marketing, examined the power of “social proof”— a mental shortcut
people use to judge what is correct by determining what others think is
The endurance of the influence model shouldn’t be surprising: powerful
forces of human nature underlie it. More surprising, perhaps, is how
often leaders still embark on large-scale change efforts without
seriously focusing on building conviction or reinforcing it through
formal mechanisms, the development of skills, and role modelling. While
these priorities sound like common sense, it’s easy to miss one or
more of them amid the maelstrom of activity that often accompanies
significant changes in organisational direction. Leaders should address
these building blocks systematically because, as research and experience
demonstrate, role modelling has an impact. At Working Wonders we would
like to explore how this can be done? And whether the current profiles
we see are sufficient enough, understanding that we are indeed under the
influence of “social-proof”? How can our role modelling help us
prepare generations to come – what is a future proof role model?
Eline Tan // Senior Associate & Advisor Culture Transformation Team at PwC Netherlands
Esmee van de Vorle // Managing Director at ENS Clean Air
Eva de Klerk // Independent Professional | Consultant Co-operative City Development & Urban Sports
“We need to organise our work better ánd smarter” says Martine Meijburg. Meijburg founded Second Degree in 2013; the first LinkedIn marketing agency (worldwide). A success, as the agency became one of the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands (Silver FD Gazellen Award in 2016), servicing clients such as Philips, KLM and Microsoft.
Martine is an author, public speaker and was listed in The Next Women 100 in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and the Adformatie100 in 2017. She shares with us her experiences as an entrepreneur and member of The Next Women.
She got into the world of recruitment because she showed talent for it and acted on that: at TNW we love playing out your strengths. Now, with her own company and being a mother of two, Dayanara Vonk Ilaria reflects on her journey: “Leadership really is learning how you can influence yourself.”