Identifying, developing and leveraging high potential within your organisation are critical steps in the increasingly competitive war on talent. In today's complex markets, the need to develop and deliver a strategy, identify and nurture top talent and drive employee engagement remains top of the leadership agenda. So how can you ensure your organisation has leaders that will drive high performance today and tomorrow?
Our leadership series has looked closely at the role of leaders in driving employee engagement and the emotional intelligence levels most closely linked to workplace engagement. The series concludes with an exclusive interview with two world-renowned figures in the world of leadership. In this stimulating and enlightening interview, Dave Woodward and Professor Adrian Furnham share their insights on the topic of leadership and answer three key questions:
- What does it take to be a good leader?
- What does a good leader do?
- What is the different between high potential and high performance?
Watch the interview now for access to exclusive leadership insights from Dave Woodward and Professor Adrian Furnham.
Dave Woodward is a highly regarded senior leader with a track record for delivering successful results at a number of top organisations in retail and FMCG. Woodward began his career at the John Lewis Partnership, where he worked as a management trainee, before moving to Mars where he spent several years developing his management ability. From here, he joined Coca Cola for 10 years, ending his time with the organisation as a trading director. In 2001, Dave joined Gillette as Sales Director, moving to Procter & Gamble with their acquisition of Gillette, where he assumed the role of Vice-President Strategy & Innovation. In 2006, he joined Heinz, initially as President of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Middle East & Africa, before moving first into the role of Executive Vice President, President and CEO of Heinz North America, followed by the same role for Heinz’ European counterpart. During this time, Woodward also completed an Advanced Management Programme with Harvard Business School.
In 2013, Woodward founded Woodward Leadership Ltd., where he specialises in leadership and business advisory, consulting, transformation management and director level coaching, using his wealth of board level leadership experience to help nurture and develop current and future leaders.
Professor Adrian Furnham is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is among the most productive psychologists in the world. Educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (D.Phil), Adrian has subsequently earned a D.Sc (1991) and D.Litt (1995) degree and lectured in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford.
He is currently the Professor of Psychology at University College London, where he has been since 1992, which he balances with his role as founder director of Applied Behavioural Research Associates (ABRA), a psychological consultancy. He has been a consultant to over 30 major international companies, with particular interests in top team development, management change, performance management systems, psychometric testing and leadership derailment.
Adrian speaks regularly at academic and business conferences and is noted for his motivational speaking. He is also a newspaper columnist previously at the Financial Times, now at the Sunday Times. Furnham, alongside Ian MacRae, developed Thomas International’s High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI) at University College London (UCL) and High Potential Psychology Ltd. The HPTI helps to identify, manage and develop leadership potential by exploring a person’s personality traits and provides an insight into how suited they may be for a given job role or position, for example senior executive leadership.
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