In the pilot episode of the new podcast “The Dialogue”, our host Sammy-Miles Geiger talks to the new Managing Director Simon of the World Business Dialogue. Simon explains why we have chosen the topic “Responsible Leadership” (especially in times of Covid-19), what is your goal and how we want to achieve this. He tells us about his first touchpoint with the topic when he was the first chair cellist of an orchestra and how he wants to grow as a Responsible Leader of the World Business Dialogue. Additionally, he points out two main aspects of the upcoming dialogue: Firstly, it should be about different perspectives and backgrounds from guests of all around the world. Secondly, the continuous interaction with all of you is the core of “The Dialogue”. So be curious and join us! 

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(01:40) – Our Definition of Responsible Leadership

(02:50) – Future guests & topics

(04:37) – Our motivation to talk about Responsible Leadership 

(06:05) – Role of Responsible Leadership 

(08:32) – Leadership & Responsibility

(10:54) – Sustainability & Foresight 

(14:14) – What should be the result of this podacst? 

Further Readings

1) For our guest Simon, the key event in thinking about Responsible Leadership was his business ethics course at the University of Cologne. He recommends two papers for you: 

Gürerk, Irlenbusch, Rockenbach, 2009. Motivating teammates: The leader’s choice between positive and negative incentives. Journal of Economic PsychologyVolume 30, Issue 4.

Hamman, Loewenstein, Weber, 2010. Self-Interest through Delegation: An Additional Rationale for the Principal-Agent Relationship. American Economic Review. Volume 100, Issue 4.

2) There is no better source for Simons experience with leadership in an orchestra than Itay Talgam and his magnificant TedTalk. You can find the TedTalk here. Itay Talgam was also a speaker at the World Business Dialogue conference in 2018.

3) WeWork is in trouble. Our host Sammy mentioned the difficult situation of the unicorn and how this can be  traced back to leadership problems. For more detailed information see this article by CNN.

It means that you know the consequences of your action as a leader and, by doing so, act according to the interests of your company, employees, society and the environment.

It is the responsibility of everyone to rank and prioritize these interests in different situations. Afterwards, you have to take responsibility for the consequences.

We as students do not get real leadership experience in university but we do have an increasing sense for responsibility.

Incorporating an intrinsic motivation for responsibility into leadership can be very difficult.

One has to see the whole situation in that specific moment to get a sense if one acted responsible or not.

"We are going to be the leaders of the future. So we have to think about our definition of responsible leadership now and what we want to achieve for the future and what we want to achieve in the future."
Our first guest - Simon Lübke, Managing Director of the World Business Dialogue
Simon Lübke
Managing Director World Business Dialogue