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In candid conversation with journalist Bryn Freedman, Halla Tómasdóttir, CEO of The B Team, discusses the kind of leadership the world needs, not only from those in power but from every individual. Tómasdóttir outlines the model leader – a humble, courageous, responsible person who is guided by a deep sense of purpose. Her passionate plea urges those with power, as well as those without, to step up to the plate to meet today’s global challenges.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How leadership suffers a “crisis of conformity” and the “hubris syndrome”;
  • Why the principles of “sustainability, equality and accountability” must guide leadership; and
  • How each person can drive positive change.

About the Speaker

Halla Tómasdóttir, a presidential candidate in Iceland’s 2016 election, is CEO of The B Team.



Leadership is suffering from a “crisis of conformity.” Although the world faces tremendous challenges, such as climate change and income inequality, boardroom directors continue to conduct business as usual. This unwillingness to change with the times has caused public faith in leaders to plummet. For example, in December 2018, only 3% of the UK population believed that the government could resolve the Brexit crisis. Today’s leaders must exhibit humility and courage. A deep sense of purpose must drive their quest for positive change, and “sustainability, equality and accountability” ought to serve as...

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