Wouter T. Lincklaen Arriëns

Wouter T. Lincklaen Arriëns

Wouter T. Lincklaen Arriëns is the third keynote to be added to our program.

Recognising the urgent need for more sustainability leadership in Asia, Coach Wouter founded TransformationFirst.Asia Pte Ltd as a thought leaders practice in Singapore. He is helping businesses, executives and emerging leaders to become change makers for sustainability.

Known as a brilliant leadership coach, he brings out the best in people, breaks down barriers, and builds trust with all levels of the business. Coach Wouter has led many change projects in Asia since 1985, including at the Asian Development Bank.

Keynote address: Starting with Transformation: How Leaders Take a Personal Approach.

Even without the challenge of embracing innovation, water managers have a tough job. Working in complex environments that are full of uncertainties, they engage with stakeholders over whom they have little or no control. Planning projects is already challenging, let alone implementing them successfully. 

Fortunately, most water professionals become competent in knowing what it takes to restore and maintain the health of their river. Many, however, have yet to learn how to lead the necessary changes in organisations, including their own. While knowing a lot about water, they don’t know enough about people, how to work effectively with different people, and how to inspire people to embrace innovation.  To embrace innovation is to embrace change. People often resist change.

To inspire others, leaders need to work on themselves first, like we learn in the airplane to put our own oxygen mask before helping others. Changing ourselves is called transformation, and water leaders start their transformation by taking a personal approach. 

Wouter will review three common leadership problems and their solutions, so that water leaders can start practicing right away during and after the Symposium.