While many definitions suggest that leadership implies the notion of influence, the reciprocal is not true according to Cyrille Sardais, Professor of management and Holder of the Pierre-Péladeau Chair of Leadership at HEC Montréal. Clarifying this debate and questioning the expectations of today’s leadership were the subject of his presentation at the 33rd Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Human Resources Management Conference1. The conference entitled Our HR Partners: In Influence Mode2 was held at the Delta Saguenay Hotel in Jonquière on May 2, 2019, bringing together 285 professionals.
During his presentation on the theme: Leadership and influence. Where we come from; where are we going?3, Cyrille Sardais first explored some of the definitions of leadership as well as their associated problems and then proposed a brief history of the concept to better understand where we come from and where we are going. Finally, the question about the role that HR partners can play in terms of influence and leadership has also bee raised.
During this conference, many presenters and facilitators of interactive workshops discussed the theme of influence from different angles, the mission of the conference being to collect, share and disseminate knowledge, as well as sound practices in human resources management. Each edition is distinguished by the diversity of participants from SMEs, large companies or public organizations from all over Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and sometimes other regions of Quebec.
For more information (in French): Colloque de gestion des ressources humaines du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean
1Original title: 33e Colloque de gestion des ressources humaines du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean
2Original title: Nos partenaires RH : en mode influence
3Original title: D’où l’on vient; où l’on va?