We are pleased to be joining two global organizations, The United Nations and The World Bank, in sponsoring this workshop on leadership development.
In our complex and interdependent world, vulnerable to disruption, few things are more important than the quality and credibility of leaders. Visionary and effective leadership is a compelling imperative in governments, in corporates and in civil society. A number of leadership development projects and programmes have been launched in various parts of the world, at a total cost of in-excess of ten million dollars. What is lacking, however, is any strategic thinking or framework to ensure that these initiatives are effective. Scarce resources have, in some instances, been wasted.
The journey towards forming and implementing a global strategy for leadership development is going to be a long one. The Global Leadership Workshop is the first step on that journey. Small as it is, the Workshop can be a catalyst to bring about a major long term change in how the world goes about developing tomorrow’s leaders.
The purpose of the Workshop is to give participants the opportunity to explore together the needs and requirements of a global strategy for developing tomorrow’s leaders. It is hoped that at the end of the two day Workshop there will emerge a number of practical, realistic outcomes including a series of regional seminars which would locate leadership training and development in particular contexts – these contexts might be the Middle East; the Far East, Russia and the former Soviet Union Countries, Africa and Latin America.