Leading through transformation

Peshawaria (left) and Zeti launching the Leadership Energy Summit Asia 2017.

LEADERSHIP is not a title or position. It is not a mandate to allow you to command or control others.

“Leadership is the art of harnessing human energy towards the creation of a better future.”

Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre chief executive officer and executive director Rajeev Peshawaria emphasised this during the launch of the fifth annual Leadership Energy Summit Asia (LESA).

Peshawaria highlighted that billions are spent annually on leadership development industry, yet many still have a misconception of what leadership really means.

“Leadership does not equate to followership, position and power, or the art of influencing others, nor can it be learned through best practices of case studies, role plays and competency models.

“It is about discovering and uncovering your leadership energy and then learning how to drive that energy towards creating a better change,” he said, adding that Iclif strongly believes that true leadership energy creates transformative change for business and society.

This is where LESA comes in, with the aim of redefining leadership and helping today’s leaders as they face challenges and complexities in this increasingly fast-paced and globalised world.

Themed “Open Source Leadership”, the conference addresses the need for reinvention to thrive in a connected, transparent and disruptive environment; what it takes to be a transformative leader and how technological empowerment has transformed companies into open-source organisations.

“We must consider the Uber-connected environment of today as well as the increasing number of sophisticated young talent that do not think, act, perceive, strategies or make decisions like their parents did – whereby business-as-usual is a thing of the past,” explained Peshawaria.

The leadership conference will be held on Nov 8 and 9 at Sasana Kijang, Kuala Lumpur.

It is expected to attract over 500 high-profile business personalities, entrepreneurs, top industry experts, game changers as well as leaders from the public sector and academic fraternity.

They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned speakers including Pixar co-founder Dr Alvy Ray Smith, Big Tree Farms founder Ben Ripple, ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong, Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) chief executive officer Claire Lachance, kayak.com founder Terry Jones, SAP globalisation services head V.R. Ferose and Peshawaria.

This line-up of industry experts will cover an integrated content on a global perspective as well as offer Asian insights to participants.

During the launch of LESA held at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Iclif also announced its third edition of the Iclif Leadership Energy Awards (ILEA) that recognises leaders who demonstrate immeasurable perseverance and resilience while pursuing their aim in making a difference.

Through these leaders, also known as “Leadership Energy Champions”, Iclif hopes to inspire others to walk the path of authentic leadership energy, said Iclif chairman Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

Nominations for ILEA can be submitted online before July 31 in any of the three categories – Corporate Employee, Business Owner/ Founder and Social Enterprise Owner/Founder.

Additionally, a newly-formed ILEA Advisory Council made up of Asia’s prominent captains of the industry, was introduced to promote and maintain the quality and the rigour of the awards, while providing a balanced perspective when identifying, evaluating and awarding outstanding individuals.

Iclif was founded in 2003 by Bank Negara Malaysia to provide a highly-practical and relevant education and advisory on leadership and corporate governance to the banking industry.

Today, Iclif continues to grow by developing and offering programmes and services to various industries and sectors in more than 20 countries, including hospitality, education, medical and pharmaceutical, oil and gas, transportation, and fast moving consumer goods.

LESA is now open for participation and is 100% HRDF claimable.

For ILEA nomination, and LESA programme and ticketing details, visit www.iclif.org

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