Our Principles & Practices


It is easy to agree we need more responsible leadership; harder to define and enact it. We have a set of working principles that guide all our work and the approach we take.

We do not claim to have all the answers. But we have a working hypothesis of some principles and corresponding practices that seem to underpin responsible leadership.


Responsible leaders:

Value Diversity

Observe & listen

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Those who actively seek diverse and divergent thinking think beyond organisational boundaries and take a broader world view when making decisions. They seek collaborators different from themselves.

They are able to observe and listen deeply to their team, their peers, their seniors and to wider groups of people outside their sphere of influence.

Care more

Work generously

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Those who recognise the inherent value of human beings respect the rights and responsibilities of others, acting and treating them fairly. They set a strong example by taking care of themselves and encouraging others to do the same.

They collaborate, overcome divides, build alliances and offer their help without expecting anything in return.

Think for the long-term

Reflect 

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Those that take decisions in the best long-term interest of their organisation and society are clear about what their own and their organisation's purpose is and the value of both to others. They are a good steward of the planet's resources.

They take the process of reflection seriously and reflect often as an individual. They also encourage others to reflect and foster collective reflection.

Are Honest

Reflect

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Those who admit to difficult truths are willing to have difficult conversations, admit to their own mistakes and stand up for their beliefs, cultivating a culture of candour for others.

They take the process of reflection seriously and reflect often as an individual. They also encourage others to reflect and foster collective reflection.

Take Action

Are Brave

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Those who are open to challenging others and being challenged are willing to walk towards problems and don’t try to bury them. They value creativity, allow uncertainty and accept that mistakes happen.

They proactively experiment, make choices and act. They actively strive to influence those around them for positive, considered outcomes.