Executive Education – Fit For Tomorrow’s Leaders?

18 September 2008

Oak Room, Le Meridian Piccadilly, 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH

As the rate of change accelerates and operating conditions become tougher, the demands placed on executives are increasingly intense. Yet many potential leaders feel ill-equipped to handle such high pressured roles.

This meeting debated the role of organisations in nurturing and planning the development of their future leaders and ask whether business schools are equipped to guide leaders of the future.

This meeting debated some challenges to conventional thinking and practice about Executive Education. The demands placed on leaders of tomorrow's organisations are liable to be intense, because of accelerated change and tougher operating conditions. Yet at the same time, there is a growing trend among talent to reject such highly pressured roles. How can organisations balance these tensions in planning how they nurture their future leaders?
Further, are Executive Education Departments and Business Schools equipped to guide leaders of the future? How much of yesterday's experience and knowledge is appropriate? What can providers do to ensure their relevance to next generation modes of thinking and operation?
Meeting Contributors:
Kai Peters is Chief Executive of Ashridge. He was previously Dean and director of MBA programs at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands, prior to which he managed a publishing company he still owns, and worked at IBM and Volkswagen.
Michelle Hepden-Dyer is Group People Development Director at Centrica. Her previous roles include Learning and Development Director EMEA for GE Healthcare, plus senior OD and HR roles at United Utilities.