One of the most important capabilities for leaders at any stage in their career is their open mindset; in particular, adaptability.

Chancellor Rose Patten
One of the most important capabilities for leaders at any stage in their career is their open mindset; in particular, adaptability.
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Chancellor Rose Patten: "One of the most important capabilities for leaders at any stage in their career is their open mindset; in particular, adaptability. We're in a world of such big differences and we need to be open-minded about how we work within it."

Recently, our CEO, Susanna Kempe, engaged in a thought-provoking conversation with Dr Rose Patten, the esteemed Chancellor of the University of Toronto, as part of our Leadership Lab series. This dialogue was particularly special because it offered an intimate glimpse into the leadership ethos that has propelled Chancellor Patten's diverse career across both financial services and academia. As we anticipate the release of this enriching episode this week, we are drawn to reflect on the insightful quote shared during the conversation.


Rose M. Patten: A Beacon of Leadership
Dr Patten, serving as the Chancellor of the University of Toronto since 2018 and re-elected for a second term in 2021, has a distinguished career that spans various sectors, including significant roles at the BMO Financial Group. Her contributions to leadership thought are profound, notably through her teachings on 'Intentional Leadership' through her book 'Intentional Leadership: The Big 8 Capabilities Setting Leaders Apart'. Recognised for her impact, Dr Patten's accolades include being named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by U.S. Banker Magazine and receiving prestigious awards like the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Leadership Insights
As emphasised in her quote, Dr Patten's leadership journey exemplifies the essence of adaptability—navigating through diverse roles, from banking to education, with intentionality and impact. Her story and insights, as shared in the fascinating conversation with Susanna, is a compelling narrative of how embracing change and maintaining an open mindset fuel the journey towards meaningful leadership.

As we gear up to share the full conversation with Chancellor Patten in the upcoming Leadership Lab episode, let us ponder on the profound simplicity of her message. The essence of leadership, as Dr Patten articulates, lies in our capacity to adapt and remain open to the myriad hues of human experience, enriching our leadership path with every step we take.

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