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Feb 6, 2023

Leadership learning is perhaps the most prestitigious and well-funded of training staples. In a changing world, it has become democratized in recent years, and now embraces a more progressive (some would say liberal) agenda. Nevertheless it faces criticism from academics in highly respected institutions, who question its value.

In this wide-ranging discussion about the current state of leadership learning, John talks to Gustaf Nordbäck, CEO of Headspring Executive Development, a joint venture between the Financial Times and IE Business School. Under Gustaf’s direction Headspring has become a top provider of leadership solutions for clients around the world. How does he answer leadership's critics – and what is the future for leadership learning, in a world where decision-making becomes increasingly delegated to AI?

NB: We apologise for the crackles on John's mic during the interview, and hope these technical shortcomings do not detract too badly from your enjoyment.

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 3:13 - Leading Headspring
  • 9:16 - Vision for leadership in the 21st Century
  • 17:27 - How diverse is Leadership Learning?
  • 24:35 - Differences in leadership styles
  • 28:19 - Answering critics
  • 35:47 - Digital Technology in course delivery
  • 40:23 - AI in Leadership

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