PAST EVENT: Leadership Symposium - Power of Purpose

This Practical Leadership Symposium took place on 21 April 2017 with a pre-symposium dinner on 20 April and was attended by over 50 CEO’s, HRDs and Leadership Scholars.  A full report will appear here shortly.  Notes / slides have been sent to all attendees.   

The Møller Practical Leadership Symposium was held at the Møller Centre, in partnership with the International Leadership Association (ILA) and featuring our  Leadership Scholar Professor Georgia Sorenson (pictured below).

Framed by positioning keynotes from global CEO speakers including Menelas Pangalos, Executive Vice-President, Innovative Medicines and Early Development Biotech Unit, AstraZeneca and Simon Levine, Global Co-CEO, DLA Piper, delegates heard diverse views on the power of purpose-led organisations.  Internationally renowned leadership scholars shared their expert views in additional W.O.W (Words of Wisdom) talks.   Møller Leadership Scholar, Professor Georgia Sorenson, co-founder of the International Leadership Association was joined by Gill Hickman her co-author and spoke on The Power of Invisible Leadership How a Compelling Common Purpose Inspires Exceptional Leadership and Steve Kempster and Brad Jackson, spoke about Leadership as purpose: Exploring the role of purpose in leadership practice.

The CEOs, HRDs and Leadership Scholars worked in facilitated discovery workshops to share experiences and initiatives which have created momentum and engagement and addressed what purpose meant to them individually and to their organisations.  They then worked to explore how purpose can generate value for key stakeholders: customers, shareholders, employees, partners/suppliers/resources, community, social/economic/environment (One planet).

The invitation only leadership symposium brought together together a powerful combination of CEOs and HRDs from successful global organisations together with leadership scholars to examine and debate the Power of Purpose in a business context and its impact on stakeholder and shareholder value.  Senior leaders from organisations including DLA, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Lidl, Marshall Group, Trustonic, Taylor Vinters, Friends of the Earth, Scandinavian Airlines, the Babraham Institute and many others.

The output of the Symposium will form the basis for an invited white paper and session on The Business Case for Purpose at the International Leadership Association’s 18th Global Conference to be held in Brussels in October 2017. We expect media coverage of the work at the conference.

Our focus is on practical leadership development, enabling and equipping global leaders to embrace the challenges of today and tomorrow through the impact of our award-winning customised Executive Education programmes and informed by James MacGregor Burns’ seminal work on leadership.


Power of Purpose Infographic
Power of Purpose – initial graphic outputs

Picture of keynote speaker, Professor Georgia Sorenson
Keynote speaker, Professor Georgia Sorenson