Post #17: Global Leadership Summit at London Business School – An overview

You might not have noticed this topic in my ‘Upcoming Posts‘. However I wanted to bring readers closer to one of the major events hosted by London Business School every year. Global leadership summit (GLS) 2013 was hosted at London Business School on 20thMay with leaders from corporate world, public sector, politics and policy making from across the globe.  This event was attended by over 600 senior executives who are in key decision making roles in various organizations. The event was also streamed live through webcast. Those interested can view the full archive here.

The theme for this year was ‘The future of leadership’. Given the difficult economic times, I think there is a growing need for leaders who can help revive the economy in a structured manner. In my view, the panels explored a range of topics which are quite appropriate for next generation leaders to introspect themselves to make the world a better place.

There were several panels that led focused discussions on the following:

  1. Future of financial leadership
  2. Future of emerging markets (BRIC)
  3. Leadership  Values that matter – vision, ethics, motivation, courage etc
  4. Sustainable  business leadership  – Adaptability,  Transparency, Impact etc
  5. Business Model Innovation
  6. Sustainable economy – Role of capital markets
  7. Role of business leaders in driving positive social, economic and environmental changes (reducing carbon foot print, accounting for sustainability, reducing global poverty etc)
  8. Iceland’s recovery – Iceland’s economic reforms and sustained growth for over 3 years in a row. (  Iceland’s president talks about the nation’s recovery from a huge debt)

Sample list of speakers at the event:

  1. Richard Quest, International Business Correspondent, CNN International (summit chair)
  2. Dr. Josef Ackermann, Chairman, Zurich Insurance Group; Vice-Chairman of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Former CEO of Deutsche Bank
  3. Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
  4. David Sproul, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte UK
  5. President Ólafur Grímsson, President of Iceland
  6. Lord Ian Blair of Boughton, Former Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service, author of ‘Policing Controversy’
  7. Sir Michael Rake , Chairman, CBI and BT Group PLC
  8. Peter Vicary-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Which?
  9. James Quincey, President, Europe Group, The Coca-Cola Company
  10. Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean, London Business School and several other professors from LBS

Below are some of my favorite quotes from the GLS. You can see the complete coverage of GLS 2013 on twitter  too.

  1. At LBS we accept our responsibility for educating the leaders of the future – Prof Andrew Likierman, dean of LBS, at closing remarks.

*I would like to recollect the views I mentioned in Post #11: Role of Alumni in Sloan Masters Admissions at London Business School which are in line with dean’s messaging about LBS’s confidence, pride and responsibility in educating the leaders of the future

2. Leadership is a body contact sport. You have to be there: David Craig, President, Financial and Risk, Thomson Reuters

3. Every leader needs to have a narrative, a compelling story on who you are and where you are going – Prof. Nigel Nicholson

4. Our parents didn’t have the phrase: Work/Life Balance. This is new because we are working too long hours now – Lord Ian Blair

5. Integrity, Vision and Competence are the 3 main characteristics a great leader should have – Lord Ian Blair

*‘Leadership values’ was an essay question for class of 2013. The top three values according to me were Integrity, Vision and Innovation.  Good to see a coincidence with two of the values I listed out.

About the role of Youth:

  1. 50 % of the world’s population is now under 25. The solutions must come from them – Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
  2. You would be surprised how many companies are getting younger voices into the board room through social media etc – Heather Hancock, Managing Partner; Talent and Brand, Deloitte UK

*Coming from a nation with the highest youth population in the world, I am sure youth will play a much larger role in creating solutions and enterprises of the future to solve social, environmental and economic problems.  Let us all hope that we will emerge stronger with a sustained leadership making the world a better place.

I would like to thank all the readers who have provided feedback. This blog is now followed by readers across 43 countries with an average of 150 hits per day.

My next post will be on ‘How tweeting can help you write good essays for b-school application’.

I am also planning to add a ‘Reading List’ page soon to this portal to provide an insight into what I am reading as I am preparing for the classes next year.

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