For people and planet
Defining Responsible Leadership
"Responsible Leadership means doing the right thing when nobody is watching."
BMW Foundation Responsible Leader and Founder of Ayadee Foundation
- Goal-oriented: A Responsible Leader’s primary goal is creating a better world. They use their knowledge, networks, and influence to deliberately work toward this goal.
- Radically collaborative: Responsible Leadership starts with a mindset of radical, meaningful collaboration. Responsible Leaders are guided by a deep respect for other people. They have a desire to work together — even to partner with unlikely allies — to create positive change.
- Forward-thinking: Responsible Leaders are not confined by short-term, linear thinking. They always consider the bigger picture — meaning they see social, political, and environmental challenges in a larger context.
- Bold: Responsible Leadership requires a willingness to take risks and embrace the messy, creative process that may be required to truly change systems.
- Interdependent: Responsible Leaders do not see themselves as isolated actors or heroes; rather, they see themselves as connected to the people, places, and systems around them.
- Inspiring: Responsible Leaders multiply their impact by influencing and motivating others to take action.
- Values-driven: Responsible Leaders are guided by a strong set of personal values, such as courage, respect, integrity, and empathy.
"The greatest value of the Network is this incredible trust by proxy. Wherever I am in the world, I know that there are people I can reach out to."
BMW Foundation Responsible Leader and Social Entrepreneur
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