People can criticise leaders but they are prepared to give back and be very open in helping young talent

We have written a lot about the new app which is to be launched in the summer but perhaps the most important part of the story has been the genuine approach shown by so many leaders in how they are giving their time and their insights, not only into leadership but most importantly into themselves too. If a person is serious about learning what leadership means, the insights being provided by leaders from all across the world will provide answers, build trust, show strength and humanity and ultimately show leadership as the privilege and aspiration it is.

During interviews, we have listened to leaders talk openly about their failures, and about their learnings. Few have been arrogant but instead very open and honest in their desire to add value to and support younger generations. We have listened to lawyers talk about moments when it has all gone wrong, of stories about how some have been inspired by great acts of kindness by complete strangers, others about overcoming fears of inadequacy to how failure has been the catalyst for change and future success.

A common thread has been that failure is incredibly natural and often the road to future success as it is failure that does teach many how to succeed. As one leader noted “ I had a very successful career before I truly crashed the car. In that time I learnt that as successful as I thought I was, I hadn’t been a great person so my failure taught me to become a far better person, a better leader and ultimately more successful in my career. It was a failure which taught me how to find success.”

Below are two short insights; one from Ruud Reuland, a leading educationalist and former CEO of EHL and one with Joyce and Raissa De Haas – successful entrepreneurs and co-founders of Double Dutch.

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