Leading a Better Way

Catch Up Video View Session

Owain Smolovic Jones – Director of Research into Employment, Empowerment and Futures, The Open University Business School

Maria Chenoweth – CEO, TRAID

Paul Sesay – CEO, Inclusive Companies Limited


  • Big Thinking
  • Disruption
  • Personal Purpose

If you want to make change – this is how you do it.

Facing up to the big social and business issues of today requires leadership that stretches beyond any single person or organisation; leadership which works through and has the power to influence complex systems.

This is leadership envisaged as a collective and purposeful practice between people, rather than viewed as equating to the personalities and behaviours of senior executives. This is leadership that can originate from anywhere but whose mission is to make imaginative and creative connections that hold the potential to enact systems change. 

In this session we heard about some practical ways in which every one of us can build organisations that embrace a collective practice of leadership to enact positive change.

The session also touched on practices of participation, collective sensemaking, conflict and communication, ways of building leadership outwards towards ever more impactful alliances for change.

Pulling together insight from the cutting edge of practice and from academic study, the session drew specifically on the experiences of enacting leadership for racial equality in business and society. 

It addressed leadership for social and environmental justice, leadership that connects causes, people and organisations globally. It also considered the role of digital technology in enabling and empowering forms of democratic leadership.


The Good Business Festival is passionately non-exclusive. It’s not about what you do or who you know. It’s not about agreeing on everything all of the time. It’s about everyone working towards a better world – no matter where you’re starting from.

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