The Perfect Storm: The Whole Leadership Imperative

The Perfect Storm: The Whole Leadership Imperative

Oct 5
Leaders today face a world that is beyond their background and experience. Many are confronting the need to address issues they have never faced with the disintegration of industries, globalisation of markets and the need to re-invent their business models, while simultaneously keeping their people motivated and maintaining a high performance culture. A world of increasing complexity, diversity and uncertainty has created a "perfect storm".

Event overview

Research has shown that during these times, partial leaders, who focus either on strategy, people or values will inevitably fail when confronting the new world which is emerging. Whole leaders, who engage their head to develop strategy, their heart to motivate people and their guts to act with courage on clear values will be more successful. 

This session will examine specific leadership challenges associated with increasing complexity, diversity and uncertainty, and discuss how a whole leadership approach, using head, heart and guts, can enable leaders be successful in the future.


Dr Stephen Rhinesmith, Senior Partner, Oliver Wyman and Author, Leading in Times of Crisis

Dr Stephen H Rhinesmith is a Senior Partner at Oliver Wyman, a firm that specialises in assessing, coaching, and developing global leaders.

He is a co-author with David Dotlich and Peter Cairo of the recently released book Head, Heart & Guts: How the World's Best Companies Develop Complete Leaders, published by Jossey-Bass in 2006. Dr Rhinesmith is one of the world's leading experts on global leadership and global human resource development. As an executive, consultant, diplomat, author and lecturer, he has experience leading and motivating people in more than 60 countries.

In addition to his private-sector experience, Dr Rhinesmith served for 10 years as a senior organisation development consultant to the World Bank. During 1986-87, he was President Reagan's Coordinator for US-Soviet Exchanges. In this position, he held diplomatic rank of US Ambassador and was responsible for reinitiating cultural, educational, and citizen contacts between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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