Roméo Dallaire and Marie-Claude Michaud “Introducing a Benevolent Leadership Culture” | NSB Engage Virtual Webinar

Leadership is in crisis. The stresses and strains of the pandemic have created a fragile state for leaders, and many are struggling in secret to avoid showing their vulnerability. We have reached a tipping point where we must rebuild our systems and values with empathy and reciprocity.

For this special co-presentation, Dallaire & Michaud will introduce their new work, combining his expertise as an on-the-ground leader and crisis management expert and her 25 years of leadership and development within the Department of National Defense. Together, they share the principles and application of a Benevolent Leadership Culture.

This approach offers practical ways to reform the human aspect of leadership, initiating a transformation of workplaces and changing the culture of our society and institutions to put people first. We continue to shift away from a “warrior culture” built on militaristic and male-dominated values, towards a more progressive practice that sees workers as more than resources, celebrates mistakes, and emphasizes the value that women bring as leaders.

Key highlights of a Benevolent Leadership Culture:

  • The right to make, express, and even celebrate mistakes. 
  • End “warrior culture” mentality by seeing strength in vulnerability and transparency.
  • Recognize your ego and its impact on your effectiveness as a leader.


Marie-Claude Michaud | Leadership Consultant & Researcher

Marie-Claude Michaud, an experienced leader, worked for the Department of National Defense for 25 years in support of a patriarchal, hierarchical, and predominantly male environment: the Canadian Armed Forces. Over the years, she propelled the Valcartier Military Family Resource Centre, serving over 9,000 military personnel and veterans and their families during the highest tempo and war footing of the CAF in decades.

In 2015, Ms. Michaud launched a major transformation of the Centre’s work environment under a new strategic plan that became the basis of Benevolent Leadership Culture. The core principle of this leadership culture is to put human-beings at the forefront, in a relationship of reciprocity and cooperation within the organization’s leadership structure.

In 2018, she received the Liz Hoffman honourable mention for her work with military families and for the creation and implementation of this Benevolent Leadership Culture. Her recently published book, Être leader sans armure. Le pouvoir de la vulnérabilité en gestion, relates both her experience as a leader in a complex and adverse environment, and proposes with very practical means and applications this new people upfront leadership culture.

Roméo Dallaire | Human Rights Champion, Ret. Lt-General & Former Canadian Senator

Lt. Gen (Ret) Roméo Dallaire embodies brave ethical leadership, and his motivational words inspire audiences to challenge the status quo, to be passionate about their work, and take pride in their team. One of the world’s most sought-after leadership speakers, his infectious humanity leaves lasting impressions and renewed optimism in all who hear him speak. Dallaire is able to take a positive approach in times of crisis, by focusing on the solutions, rather than the problems. His humanitarian commitment and integrity have made lasting impressions around the world. A celebrated advocate for human rights, General Dallaire is also a respected author, government and UN advisor, and former Canadian Senator. 

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