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The art of living is our common thread

Blog by Hetty van Ee, Managing Director ORMIT Group

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By Hetty van Ee

Managing Director ORMIT Group

Good leaders are usually chosen on their experience and qualifications, but good leaders also stand out because of their behaviour. Good leaders must be able to help people to connect, regardless of whether they are an introvert or an extrovert. They should promote dialogue over discussion. At university, you will often learn how to voice an opinion rather than how to empathise with other people's points of view; and that is, in fact, the essence of a good leader.

Hetty’s family strongly encouraged her to reach her highest potential. ‘My parents always told me I could be anything I wanted to be. Their support gave me a lot of courage and inspiration. My father used to say to me: “Hetty, you truly have mastered the art of living. When it rains, you’ll say, "What a great day to read a book’. And when it’s sunny, you’ll play outside.” My parents played a fundamental role in making me aware of my own behaviour. That awareness and my own mindset has profoundly shaped my entire life and career.’

At ORMIT, the art of living is a common thread throughout the programme. ‘We specialise in traineeships to help people grow into future leaders. We focus on actions; it's not about what you know, but about who you are. The selection process is pretty strict. We look at whether someone is open to change and development, whether they want to grow and are change-minded. It's also about whether you know yourself, whether you dare to start a dialogue and say what you really feel. Can you be the unifying factor in a company?’

When someone joins ORMIT, they enrol on a two-year traineeship that encourages them to develop all kinds of profiles. For us, it's really about personal leadership. Trainees don’t necessarily have to aspire to become a leader, they might be looking for a different position, but it will always revolve around how you see yourself.

We specialise in traineeships to help people grow into future leaders. We focus on actions; it's not about what you know, but about who you are.

The best version of you.

The core of ORMIT's development programme is our vision on leadership: how to reach your highest potential and help others to reach theirs. I see a lot of my own upbringing reflected in the programme. Dinner at our house was our time to catch up. My mother would, for example, ask: ‘How do you become the best friend you can possibly be?’ To which we responded: ‘What does being the best friend mean?’ That was always a great conversation starter, which helped us to understand that every opinion has the right to be voiced. How to become the best version of yourself is an essential aspect of ORMIT.

The management trainees on the Multicompany Programme (MCP) carry out assignments at various types of organisations, which sometimes leads to surprising discoveries. The type of organisation that some trainees initially thought they wouldn't like can turn out to be a perfect fit. Hetty: ‘Trainees might experience that this trendy company is much more hierarchical than, let’s say, a government agency. As part of their development, trainees will have a talent development manager, a sort of coach who will be by their side for two years. They receive a lot of training and we organise intervision sessions with other trainees. As an added bonus, they can learn from ORMIT’s management and communication strategy through their own experience. Our credo is: practice what you preach. Of course, we also make mistakes, but we never cease to listen to each other, and we aim to continuously improve. Our common thread, the art of living, is tangible in everything we do.’