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Summer Leadership Symposium

Responsible Leadership was under the spotlight at the Fourth Cass Business School Summer Leadership Symposium at Bunhill Row.

Responsible Leadership was under the spotlight at the Fourth Cass Business School Summer Leadership Symposium at Bunhill Row.

Lecture on responsible leadership  

An audience of around 70 practitioners and academics discussed and explored issues in responsible leadership, seeking to answer:

  • What is responsible leadership?
  • How does it manifest in personal interactions, teams, organizations as well as whole industries?
  • What are the limitations of the concept?

The event began by looking at how the rise of wicked problems such as global warming, the refugee crisis, and an unstable financial system have made old forms of leadership increasingly ineffective.

Speakers included:

  • Meg Hillier MP who warned that the nature of leadership is changing in an age of social media. She pointed out that leaders and institutions can't rely on tradition and deference to survive and no matter how big and powerful a leader is, they can lose power overnight.
  • Vice Chairman of KPMG LLP Melanie Richards who demonstrated how her firm takes its responsibility for developing the business leaders of the future seriously. This is important because 83% of board directors in UK have been through an accounting firm. She also told the audience how KPMG has introduce the living wage for all employees, including contractors. As a result turnover went down 40% and the quality of life for many low paid people had improved dramatically.

Organiser Dr Simon Parker, coordinator for ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Business at Cass said it was a fantastic one-day symposium featuring world-class and diverse speakers from academia and industry.

He said: “Attendees left the event with smiles, new knowledge and momentum for future challenges to make leadership more responsible."

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