World Business Forum questions the status quo
Inspiring leaders was the topic of this year’s World Business Forum on October 5-6, 2011 in New York City, bringing together 5,000 attendees from more than 1,500 businesses. The event inspired, encouraged, and challenged its audience with speakers such as Canadian journalist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, American entrepreneur and author Seth Godin, Tal Ben-Shahar (Positive Psychology Lecturer, Harvard University), Benjamin Zander (Conductor, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra), former U.S. President Bill Clinton and many others. The event was also broadcast live to locations in 65 countries, including St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, enabling leaders across the globe to attend.
While every speaker used a unique approach, all of them emphasized the importance of questioning the status quo and re-thinking your current perception of leadership. Seth Godin remarked on the need to “change the way leaders think” although acknowledging that change needs time for people to get used to it and usually does not happen overnight. To start here are three ideas for rethinking your leadership style right now.