First International Conference on Responsible Leadership
Some 149 professionals from across the globe gathered at the University of Pretoria for the first International Conference on Responsible Leadership from 18 to 20 May 2010. It was organised by the Centre for Responsible Leadership (CRL) in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and sponsored by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ).
This conference brought together practitioners and theorists committed to advancing responsible leadership in various sectors across the globe. A broad range of topics and diverse participation reflected the complexity of the emerging responsible leadership field and acted as a constructive platform for contributing to the further development of this field.
Topics in the academic streams ranged from the capacity-building of responsible leaders and environmental leadership to leadership in community development. Other topics were accounts of leadership, strategies for embedding sustainability in organisations, improving public sector leadership, and nurturing leadership in organisations. The practitioner streams reflected a similar diversity and included workshop sessions on promoting responsible and value-driven leadership. Specific applications included non-financial accounting, health care and climate change.
The CRL also hosted the first International PhD Colloquium in Responsible Leadership, and brought together students from South Africa and Africa. Another constructive platform for discussion around leadership issues was the CEO roundtable that took place over breakfast during the last day of the conference. During this event, the perspectives of three different CEOs – Benjamin Mophatlane (of Business Connexion), Mark Drewell (of the Global Responsible Leadership Initiative in Brussels) and Russel Loubser (of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange) – stimulated dialogue between delegates.
The conference emphasised the importance of nurturing networks for further developing responsible leadership. It is hoped that the ideas and relationships that were developed and strengthened by the conference would contribute to the growth of the responsible leadership field in order to contribute to systems that will help establish a new generation of responsible leaders.
Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP, Mr Jacko Maree, Chief
Executive of the Standard Bank Group, Prof Carolina Koornhof, Dean of the Faculty of
Economic and Management Sciences, and Prof Derick de Jongh, Director
of the CRL.