Future of Leadership: A discussion with Kim Polman and Paul Polman

Past event
Oxford, OX1 1HP, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Kim Polman high res

What is the future of leadership in a rapidly changing world, full of opportunities and challenges?

The answer is anything but simple, so before designing a new vision for the future, we are gathering an exceptional group of senior business leaders, Oxford leadership academics, and Oxford graduate students to participate in a roundtable discussion on "The Future of Leadership”.

Date: 21st February 2023

Moderators: Dr Edward Brooks, Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project, and Marya Besharov, Professor of Organisations and Impact and Academic Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Co-sponsored by the Oxford Character Project and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, the event will feature Kim Polman (Co-Founder and Chair, Reboot the Future) and Paul Polman (Business leader, climate and equality campaigner, co-author of “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take”, a Financial Times Business Book of the Year).

The speakers will exchange perspectives with leaders in business and academia on the kind of leadership that is needed to drive organisational purpose and business success. Together, they will share insights from their extensive experience of leadership in business and social impact organisations.

Paul Polman

Over the last 3 years, the Oxford Character Project has been conducting a major (£2.6m) research project on culture, character, and leadership in UK business. Our report on organisational values is the first of a number of reports that will be published in 2023. Our research seeks to bring clarity to the most pressing leadership questions of our time by illuminating the organisational factors that both support and subvert the development of character, delivering important insights into how to advance responsible leadership today. Founded in 2014, it is at the forefront of research on character and leadership development and works in close collaboration with experts from other global universities, including Harvard, Wake Forest, and the University of Hong Kong.

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship equips leaders for impact within and beyond business. It is a major contributor to the Saïd Business School’s emphasis on purposeful leadership. This event will serve as a foundation to develop an agenda for ongoing collaboration on the Future of Business Leadership, bridging academic research and industry practice. This emerging initiative will align with and complement the launch of SBS’s Global Leadership Centre and the ongoing work to build a leadership community of practice across the School.

If you are interested to learn more about the discussion and key takeaways, please keep an eye on our LinkedIn page or email info@oxfordcharacter.org.