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How to lead through complexity

Leading through complexity can be mastered by combining cognitive strategies with body techniques. Thank you Blanka Bellak for being our speaker for our February Linkup & Learn and giving us new perspectives on the topic of navigating through complexity !

Today, many leaders believe that they and their organisations are not equipped to navigate the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous waters they are facing. Dr. Bellak will introduce two complementary approaches and practical tools that can help leaders navigate complexity with ease and mastery:

Supporting leaders in transforming their leadership into adaptive, conscious and authentic leadership and developing competences in complexity thinking, collaborative capacity and decision-making; Releasing artificially built up complexity in organisations through alignment of people, processes and governance structures.

Speaker profile

Blanka Bellak, PhD, designs and implements individual and group interventions on leadership development, conflict resolution, adult learning, and organizational development. Blanka specializes in vertical leadership development, developmental coaching, and in leadership with a focus on methods and approaches that facilitate personal and organizational transformations. Blanka’s interest in leadership dates back to her teenage years. During her studies, Blanka won several prestigious fellowships incl. the Sasakawa Young Leaders and the Fulbright scholarship. Early in her career she worked with leading companies in the financial sector including Swiss Re and the Allianz Group, where she served as the first ever female Executive Assistant to a member of the Allianz Group board. Between 2003 and 2013 Blanka worked with various think-tanks, universities (Oxford University, Vienna University), UN agencies and other international organizations (OSCE, IOM, ICMPD) on research, programme design and evaluation. In 2014, Blanka became the Director of the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, a UNESCO-award winning training and research centre on peace and conflict, before establishing Leadership Associates in 2017. Blanka has published with leading universities (Oxford, Harvard) and think tanks (CEPS, Oxford Analytica), and lectures on leadership and conflict resolution at Vienna University and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, among others. Blanka is a certified debriefer for the Lectical Decision Making Assessment® and The Leadership Circle® 360˚ profile. A mother of two boys, Blanka divides her time between Prague and Vienna and travels for her work frequently in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America.


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