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This immersive two-day professional development programme helps to develop individuals who can lead with purpose and high impact in response to some of the most pressing leadership challenges and opportunities facing business and society.

Date 

22-23 February 2021

Duration, format and location

Two-day virtual workshop.

Keynote lecture with Dame Jo da Silva, Global Sustainable Development Leader, Arup.

Fee

Discounts may be available for multiple delegates from the same organisation or participants from not-for-profits, developing countries, and self-funded individuals.  Delegates will receive a discount on the standard course fee equivalent to the cost of accommodation and meals.

Find out more

For more information, download the flyer, contact labs@cisl.cam.ac.uk, or apply here.

 

Sustainability Leadership Labs.


The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Labs bring together professionals to test and challenge cutting-edge responses to global problems.

The Sustainability Leadership Labs offer an opportunity to learn from and network with other senior practitioners from different industries and sectors. The immersive two-day programme includes elements of co-creation, group activity, journaling and reflection time, peer to peer coaching and pair work. Participants will leave the course having created a personal leadership plan that they can then put into practice.

Read more about the Sustainability Leadership Labs, and details about fees and applications.

 

“The Leadership Lab at Cambridge has been a spectacular experience for me both personally and professionally. It allowed me to look beyond my work and get insights from academics and businesses including startups on their experience in the implementation of Sustainability.”

Vaishali Baid, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, German Chancellor Fellow

 

The challenge


There is growing public expectation that businesses must step up and take responsibility for delivering positive outcomes for society and the environment. The commercial case for business responsibility and action is increasingly clear.

Whilst many traditional leadership approaches focus on helping leaders succeed within current economic and social systems, CISL's Leadership Lab helps to equip delegates to shape those systems for the future. 

 

Rewiring leadership for high impact


This Lab invites participants to develop a shared vision for ambitious leadership to drive the change needed to reconcile commercial success with wider societal outcomes. In identifying the key leadership dilemmas faced in such transformation, the Lab explores the values, thinking and practice needed to achieve meaningful impact, grappling with key questions such as:

  • How should we define leadership ‘impact’ so that it reflects the most urgent challenges facing the economy, society and the environment?
  • What role does ‘purpose’ play at an individual and organisational level in achieving that impact?
  • What knowledge and skills are needed to maximise leadership impact?
  • How can we build collective capacity for change beyond a single ‘hero’ leader?
  • How can leaders remain adaptive, innovative and resilient as they navigate complex dilemmas and challenges?

 

“The two day residential laboratory at Madingley Hall provided me with the academic guidance, peer feedback, space and surroundings to reflect upon my own leadership purpose, and it’s alignment to that of my organisation. As a consequence of attending the Leadership Laboratory I have been selected to develop a Leadership Training Course for a Graduate Trainee Programme at my organisation”

Dr Alex Blanchard, Environmental Safety Leader, Syngenta Group

 

Learn from industry experts and thought leaders


The programme features speakers from a range of backgrounds including academics, experts in their fields and senior business leaders. Contributors for this Lab include:

  • Dame Jo da Silva, Director, Arup International Development
  • Zoë Arden, Fellow, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
  • Matt Bell, Corporate Affairs Leader
  • Elspeth Donovan, Deputy Director, South Africa Office, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
  • Dr Louise Drake, Academic Tutor and Course Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
  • Patricia Dwyer, Founder & Director, The Purpose Business
  • Dr Matthew Grimes, Reader In Organisational Theory And Information Systems, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Dr Victoria Hurth, Senior Associate, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
  • Lysa John, Secretary General, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
  • Andreas Lambropoulos, Head of Strategic Initiatives, BNP Paribas
  • Will O'Connor, Commercial Director, Vision Express
  • Ragil Ratnam, Leader Advisor & Executive Coach, Pure Growth Asia
  • Dr Alexandra Stubbings, Managing Director, Talik & Company Ltd

 

Who should attend?


This Lab is designed for individuals in business who are seeking to enhance their impact in wider society, including those working in management and strategy roles, those working in sustainability/CSR roles looking to refine their leadership capabilities, and those with responsibility for developing new leadership capabilities within their organisation (eg L&D, HR).

 

“Transformational change is inevitable, but the outcome of that change is in our hands. And if there is one factor that will determine whether the transition will ultimately prove positive or negative, it is the leadership we create to drive and shape it.”

Lindsay Hooper, Executive Director, Education, CISL

 

Benefits of attending


During this highly interactive programme you will explore what ‘high impact’ leadership looks like in the light of pressing economic, social and environmental pressures and opportunities. There will be opportunities to engage with problem-based learning exercises with the goal of deepening understanding of and solutions to some of the key leadership challenges.

The programme includes elements of co-creation, group activity, journaling and reflection time, peer to peer coaching and pair work. Participants leave the programme having created a personal leadership plan that they can then put into practice.

By participating, you will:

  • Explore what ‘high impact’ leadership looks like in the light of pressing economic, social and environmental pressures and opportunities
  • Share insights into key dilemmas facing leaders in bringing about transformative change, and start identifying the essential leadership capabilities to navigate these dilemmas
  • Reflect together on purpose, values and worldviews, and what it looks like to align personal purpose with your professional and wider societal goals
  • Experiment with strategies and tools for influencing and inspiring others
  • Explore what it looks like to nurture collective capacity for change
  • Participate in building resilience and capacity to adapt.
  • Engage with problem-based learning exercises with the goal of deepening understanding of and solutions to some of the key leadership challenges. These may include long terms vs short term thinking, misalignment between personal purpose and organisational purpose; and resistance to change or a clash in diverse values.

 

Keynote lecture, 22 February


Dame Jo Da SilvaAs part of the Lab, Dame Jo da Silva, Global Sustainable Development Leader at Arup, will deliver the keynote lecture.

Jo will share her own leadership journey and reflect on how to be a resilient and authentic leader, the importance of mentors and the need for courage and conviction to succeed. She will discuss her journey as an intrapreneur and her organisation’s people strategy ‘Be human, be a leader, be Arup’.

Dame Jo da Silva OBE FREng FICE FIStructE DTech, Global Sustainable Development Leader at Arup

Jo is Global Sustainable Development Leader at Arup, and also an Arup Fellow and Director, International Development. She is also currently Acting Director, Resilience Shift a globalprogramme supported by Lloyds Register Foundation developing knowledge and tools to promote resilience of critical infrastructure. Jo has been responsible for infrastructure projects and urban programmes in Europe, Asia and Africa working with private and public-sector partners, as well as international agencies including World Bank, Asia Development Bank, and Department for International Development. She has authored numerous publications, and her work with the United Nations and international non-governmental agencies in humanitarian response and re-construction has been widely recognised, as has her work with the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Rockefeller Foundation on community and city resilience. She is qualified as a civil and structural engineer and received an honorary doctorate in humanitarian engineering from Coventry University. Jo spent 5 years as a part-time Fellow at Sydney Sussex, Cambridge University lecturing in Engineering for Sustainable Development and contributing as guest Faculty for the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. She has been awarded an Order of British Empire and received the Gold Medal by the Institution of Structural Engineers. Just recently Jo received a Damehood as part of the Queens New Year Honours List for her contribution to humanitarian relief.

 

Further information, application and fees


Applications to the Leadership Lab are now open. You can apply here. Acceptance is by application and selection only. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with places offered at regular intervals.

To accommodate the uncertainty around travel during the pandemic, this Lab is being offered as an entirely virtual workshop. Attending virtually still requires a commitment of time to attend all sessions ‘live’ in GMT timing. Candidates attending virtually will be entitled to a fee discount equivalent to the direct cost of accommodation and subsistence.

In order to facilitate attendance, there are differential fees with discounts available for applicants from NGOs, the public sector, academia, self-funders and those based in developing countries.

There are group discounts available for organisations sending multiple participants, as well as individuals attending multiple Labs.

For further information, details of entry requirements, fees and how to apply, please visit our main Sustainability Leadership Labs page.


Join the Lab to become part of a learning community exploring what purposeful and impactful leadership looks like in a dynamic global context. Download the flyer and apply here.

CISL is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. Labs delivered in the Spring/Summer of 2021 will be offered as online programmes only. Details of Autumn/Winter 2021 workshops will be available in due course.


Blog: First-class graduate education in a Covid-19 world

 

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Related Links


Previous Labs


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Report: Rewiring leadership: The future we want, the leadership we need


Blog by Dame Polly Courtice: Reflections on stakeholder governance: catalysing sustainable value creation


Blog from Alasdair Marks, Corporate Adviser at Business in the Community about the Lab he attended on sustainable innovation


Blog from Simon Davis, Agriculture and Sustainability Development Manager, NSF International about his experience of a Lab


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CISL is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. Labs delivered in the Spring/Summer of 2021 will be offered as online programmes only. Details of Autumn/Winter 2021 workshops will be available in due course.


Blog: First-class graduate education in a Covid-19 world

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Rewiring leadership for high impact Lab

"The Leadership Lab at Cambridge has been a spectacular experience for me both personally and professionally. It allowed me to look beyond my work and get insights from academicians and businesses including startups on their experience in the implementation of Sustainability. 

The enthusiastic lecturers and room full of diverse Sustainability participants made the discussions interesting during the course. It was a stroke of genius to include case studies and role-plays practicing real-time situations in Sustainability. At the end of the course, I was able to translate my professional challenges into different themes and frames and create strategies for them."

Vaishali Baid, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, German Chancellor Fellow 


Sustainable Innovation Lab

"This Lab built well on the previous Lab that I completed, and has really given me much food for thought and ideas for action."

Head of Sustainability, Pret A Manger


Business Model Innovation Lab

"A great two-day course that surpassed my expectations, using practical tools to challenge the way we think about our own business and challenge how bold we are being in our approach and role in tackling the sustainability issues in our own supply chains."

Agriculture and Sustainability Development Manager, NSF International


Rewiring leadership for high impact Lab

"Every day, my organisation faces the challenge of making crops more efficient and rescuing more farmland, whilst helping biodiversity flourish.  Attendance of the High Impact Leadership Lab at Cambridge highlighted the charismatic transformational leadership style required to tackle such challenges.  In addition, the two day residential laboratory at Madingley Hall provided me with the academic guidance, peer feedback, space and surroundings to reflect upon my own leadership purpose, and it’s alignment to that of my organisation.  As a consequence of attending the Leadership Laboratory I have been selected to develop a Leadership Training Course for a Graduate Trainee Programme at my organisation”.

Dr Alex Blanchard, Environmental Safety Leader, Syngenta Group


Embedding Natural Capital Lab

"Very informative, stimulating and an excellent networking opportunity."

Principal Geoscientist & Operations Geologist, Energy Geoscience


Embedding Natural Capital Lab & Sustainable Innovation Lab

“The Sustainability Leadership Labs enabled me to gain a global perspective on material issues that are impacting businesses today. I left the Labs with practical tools and knowledge that could be used immediately when I returned to the office… Every lab is unique but also consistent in providing a learning experience with other practitioners that prepares you for the volatile and uncertain environment we all operate in.”

Manager, Responsible Business, Old Mutual Emerging Markets 


Sustainability Leadership, Sustainable Innovation, & Business Model Innovation Labs

"The Leadership Labs at Cambridge have been a key way for me to gain direct insights from a broad range of academic and business thought leaders, on how organisations need to adapt in order to respond to the challenges and opportunities that sustainability poses. They also provided a forum to gain wide input from a range of other organisations how my company could respond to the opportunities and challenges. These insights have been crucial to allow me to more confidently influence internally, build business case and drive meaningful  change… and these Labs have offered an effective and flexible way to build and maintain my knowledge."

Fabrics Sustainability, W.L.Gore & Associates

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