Leadership Lessons: The Heart of Resilient Leadership - The Future of Work

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A virtual fireside chat between SEEC Executive Director Alan Middleton and Deloitte's Zabeen Hirji on the future of work.

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Leadership Lessons: The Heart of Resilient Leadership - The Future of Work is Human

Zabeen Hirji, Executive Adviser on the Future of Work, Deloitte

In this instalment of our new online speaker series, Zabeen will talk with SEEC Executive Director Alan Middleton online to share insights of leadership in a period of dramatic change and what it means for the future of work.

Recovering from Covid-19 requires resilient leaders who are able to shift mindsets, navigate uncertainties and seize opportunities for their organizations to grow and thrive. This requires even greater followership, which is catalyzed by building more trust. Join the conversation as we explore what leaders are doing to build a Future of Work that is Human and one that works for all. Zabeen is Deloitte’s executive adviser on the future of work, where she advises the firm and clients and she also advises governments and academia. As the former Chief Human Resources Officer at RBC, she brings a unique blend of practical experience and thought leadership.

We live in a new world. Each day we are faced with uncertainty and disruption. With these new business challenges come new opportunities for your organization to transform and succeed.

What lessons can we learn from this new reality? How can we be resilient and improve as an individual, team and organization during a crisis?

These and other important questions will be explored during a series of virtual fireside chats: Leadership Lessons in Troubled Times. These free, 30-minute online events will feature thought leaders and influencers from top organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

The speakers will share their insights on leadership lessons learned and how they might apply to your business or organization:

  • What are the most important leadership traits for a company or organization during disruption?
  • How do you build up resilience in different functions across your team and organization?
  • What strategies are needed to communicate new ideas and shift mindsets (social distancing, telework, managing remote teams, innovation)?
  • How do you overcome resistance to change on an individual, team and organizational level?
  • How do we improve collaboration and stakeholder management during a crisis?

About Alan's Guest

Zabeen is a strategic adviser to the private, public, and academic sectors, and a director on corporate and not-for-profit boards. As Executive Advisor Future of Work at Deloitte, she advises the firm and its clients on issues key to the transformation agendas of business and government. She focuses on leadership and talent, workforce and culture transformation, lifelong learning and re-skilling, diversity and inclusion, and purpose-driven organizations. She is a frequent speaker, writer, and media commentator. Zabeen is also a member of the board of directors of Sleep Country Canada.

As a proponent of inclusive growth and prosperity through investment in people, she advises senior levels of government and academia on diversity and inclusion, talent, culture, and future of work. She has been an adviser to the Clerk of the Privy Council for the Government of Canada on Diversity and Inclusion, is a member of the external advisory board for the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, and the external advisory board for diversity and inclusion for the UK Research and Innovation Council. She is an executive-in-residence at Simon Fraser University, sits on the governing council for the University of Toronto and is a visiting Professor at King’s College Policy Institute in London, UK.

Zabeen is board chair of Civic Action, which catalyzes civic engagement and convenes established and rising leaders to develop solutions for pressing issues in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton regions.

Prior to this, Zabeen had a distinguished career at RBC, holding executive roles in business and HR leadership. From 2007 to 2017, she was RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer covering 80,000 employees in 40 countries and was a member of RBC’s group executive committee that set the strategic direction of the firm. She also held responsibility for brand, communications, and corporate citizenship, and chaired the RBC Foundation.

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