Top global thought-leaders offer new approaches to urgent business challenges at International Leadership Week 2020

The Institute of Leadership & Management announces its line-up for International Leadership Week (16-19 November 2020) today, inspired by the unprecedented events of this year and the work of the late management philosopher Peter Drucker.

The free event, in collaboration with the Global Institute of Leadership and Technology (GILT), ILM, The Open University and The Oxford Group, brings together 40 international, cutting-edge thought-leaders, from 40 countries over four days, to present their fresh perspectives on leadership.

  • New approaches

John Mark Williams, The Institute of Leadership & Management CEO said: “The world is experiencing a series of cataclysmic phenomena that have shifted the focus of governments, communities and organisations. As we respond to the consequences of these events, now more than ever we need clear-sighted, enlightened, distributed leadership to guide us towards a sustainable, prosperous future.”

International Leadership Week 2020, entitled ‘Leadership everywhere; we are all leaders now’, invites top global thought-leaders to share new perspectives on the approaches to leadership that are urgently needed to solve the challenges faced by today’s organisations.

  • New challenges

These new challenges - surviving a global pandemic, growing sustainably in a climate change emergency, navigating the societal shifts brought about by movements such as Black Lives Matter and Me Too, and in just a month following this event, the consequences that Brexit holds for world trade – require new thinking.

John Mark Williams added: “In just the last 10 months, the mass movement of people worldwide to remote working has necessitated leadership everywhere; we are all leaders now. Leadership executed solely in the boardroom is no longer an option. This event brings together world-renowned thought-leaders to offer advice, help and practical support to everyone who recognises the crucial role of leadership, at every level, in every organisation.”

  • Global thought-leaders speaking include:

Prof M.S Rao ‘#1 Thought Leader and Influencer on HR Globally’ - Thinkers360  The importance of contribution over achievement from India

Sally Helgesen The world’s premier expert on women’s leadership (Forbes) Post-capitalist society and the knowledge economy’ from the USA

Harini Chari Leadership brand strategist, social entrepreneur and people developer ‘Bringing your whole self to work’ from the Philippines

Bronwyn Williams Futurist, economist and business trend analyst ‘Changing the ratio of risk and reward’ from South Africa


  • Conversation topics

The event is packed with interviews, panels, discussions and talks that will develop and challenge the thoughts of Peter Drucker on many topics such as balancing risk and reward, leadership of knowledge workers, work-life integration, agility and empathetic leadership - capabilities and considerations relevant to all of us in 2020.

Audience members will be encouraged to join the conversation and ask questions of our expert speakers.

Each webinar will be 30-minutes, FREE via Go To webinar, between 7am-7pm (GMT).

There will also be a 10-minute round-up podcast each day hosted by Kate Cooper, Institute Head of Research, Policy & Standards.

To discover more speakers and book your FREE place, go to



Notes to editors:

For more details or requests for interview, please contact Pippa Hanson / Luke Aldridge at Camargue: [email protected] / [email protected] or 01242 577277.

The Institute of Leadership & Management is a world-renowned specialist membership body, with an active community of more than 40,000 leaders and managers, that helps individuals and organisations with their leadership development. The organisation works with first-time managers up to members of senior leadership teams, to help them become better leaders.  You can download a press pack about The Institute

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