MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament Development Committee
Gone is the time when we can act without being accountable for our actions. It is on us to demand something more; to translate the discussions of the coming forum into tangible actions. To build a society of conscience that we can be proud of.
Director, Transformational Leadership for Excellence (TLEX), UK
Quite often, in an effort to exceed their goals, organisations focus on improving strategies, processes and products. However, in the years to come, as the speed of change and the complexity of the business environment increase, will traditional methods work or will leaders need a completely new set of unique skills that will give them the needed agility to deal with these challenges?
Chief Executive, Transformational Leadership for Excellence
What amazes me working with leaders of global organisations is how much potential we have within – energy, inspiration, and creativity it’s all available here for us if we know how to access it. For me the highest inspiration is to see people growing, tapping into their inner potential and reaching their best.
Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School, Former Deputy Dean and Governor of London Business School
Imagine designing the best company on earth to work for – what would it be like? In the past businesses made people conform to the organisation’s needs. Now leaders must transform organisations to attract, keep and inspire the best people to perform at their best. Drawing on the new book six key attributes describe what it takes to create the authentic organisation so that you can answer the question “Why should anyone work here?”.
Vice President, Hemraj Goyal Foundation
Ethics is at the very core of co-existence. When everyone lives by the same values, the same ethical standards, it leads to harmony and trust amongst the stakeholders. Which then creates a sense of belongingness. Anything that is purposeful requires a long journey, and without trust and belongingness, there can’t be any teamwork and commitment. Given the increasing force of materialism, there is an increasing need for living with values that will then drive ethical behavior and long term success. Organizations need to have strong programs to Institutionalize ethical standards and deal firmly with violations. We need strong role models. There are no short-cuts!
Executive Director, Social Progress Imperative and TED Speaker
Our mission is to improve the lives of people around the world, particularly the least well off, by advancing global social progress through the provision of a robust, holistic and innovative measurement tool, the Social Progress Index, to foster research and knowledge-sharing and by equipping leaders and change-makers in business, government and civil society with new tools to guide policies and programs.
Chief Executive, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
In an increasingly demanding society, business needs to be clear about its role, so that it can balance rights and ever more complex obligations. Business leaders need to ensure that their organisations behave in a sustainable, ethical fashion, and need to be clear about their objectives and the techniques available. The accountancy profession has a key role as a provider of information and forward thinking and I am very pleased to be associated with this important summit.
Co-Presenter, Radio 4 ‘’Future Proving”
“Sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall into place.” (Marilyn Monroe)
Leo’s focus is on Global Megatrends. How can we deploy technology to address, not escape, the pressing social, economic and environmental challenges confronting us.
President, World Forum for Ethics in Business
Business is far more all-embracing than simply a view of the bottom line. Companies have an identity, and human values must be part of that identity.
An organization that bases itself on strong human and ethical foundations will sail through these challenging times without losing sight of the value and sustainability that it seeks to create.
Global Strategist, Coach, Mentor; Executive in Residence, Insead; Ret. Chairman Europe, Microsoft
The world is obsessed by weaknesses. Individuals, organizations and even countries think that to improve weaknesses is the way to succeed. This is the biggest illusion of our time and huge waste of the most important resources we have on planet – humans. The only way to be long term successful but also happy is to work on your talents and strengths, because that is the way you can get self-actualize and unlock your full potential. Life is too short to do things where you can be only average or even below average.
Chief Financial Officer, American Express, Saudi Arabia
At American Express, we believe that ethics are not only integral to running a business successfully, it is part of our responsibilities as citizens of the world. The mission of our corporate social responsibility is to bring to life the American Express value of good citizenship by supporting communities in ways that enhance the company’s reputation with employees, customers, business partners and other stakeholders. Our corporate values are built around integrity, personal accountability for our actions and being good global citizens.
Vice President for Leadership, Learning and Innovation, The World Bank Group
Society is at an interesting juncture in history where ethics, collaborative leadership, and good governance have emerged as key driving themes. People are no longer willing to tolerate the status quo, as seen in the revolutions that swept through the Arab world. The call for a more equitable and inclusive economic system has grown from a mere rumbling to a resounding chant heard around the world, and the time to act is now.
Chief Executive Officer, Personal and Corporate Banking, Barclays
I am delighted to be participating in this year’s WFEB Leadership Summit. Issues such as global migration, technological change, market disruption and instant access to information mean that businesses – and indeed societies – need to be able to adapt quickly and constantly. The role of leaders is to set clear goals, provide support to the people we work with in trying to meet them and create a culture which is comfortable with both innovation and disruption. In business we seek to navigate that complexity, in a way that creates simplicity and value for our customers. I look forward very much to hearing the perspectives of all of those who will be present at the event, as we strive collectively to meet the challenge of leadership at a time of unprecedented uncertainty.
Member of the House of Lords, Minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change
The fast pace of changing dynamics amongst global economies must provide the world of business and commerce and those that politically influence the global environment an opportunity to respond to the new challenges these new dynamics pose. Sustainability and responsibilities to the environment and to the economically excluded now are placed high on global agendas and require global responses. We need to see strong behaviour shifts if we are to address and manage a transformative change to how we respond to an increasing world population and an increasing movement of people as economies grow at hugely varying rates.