Ashridge Executive Education Leader of the Year Finalists
Ashridge Executive Education Leader of the Year Award is the highest accolade to be presented at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards and will go to an exemplary leader who has successfully led a strategy for outstanding performance.
A long list of potential candidates is compiled through the year to identify four exemplary industry leaders based on the following criteria and the core National Business Awards judging principles of Leadership; Customer Focus; Staff Engagement; Innovation; Ethics; Growth and Financial Performance.
PETER CRUDDAS FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CMC MARKETS
ANDREW DAVIES CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WATES GROUP
LIV GARFIELD CHIEF EXECUTIVE, SEVERN TRENT
What makes a good leader?
The behaviour of senior leaders is of paramount importance within organisations, as senior leaders not only set the direction and strategy, but also act as role models for other employees.
Their behaviour in overt as well as covert ways determines the organisational culture and climate. This behaviour cascades down throughout the organisation, so failures or ‘blind spots’ higher up have a compound effect lower down.
Additionally, senior leader behaviour can negate successes lower down, which can impede organisational performance and influence perceptions of the corporate ‘mood’.
“Our research has shown that the most engaging leaders are those who are able to forge deep and trusting relationships across the organisation; lead with emotional intelligence and authenticity and who are genuinely open and honest.”
“A good senior leader has to be able to make the right decisions under the pressure of non-negotiable performance targets, long hours and a fast changing environment which can be lonely and ambiguous. And they have to get it right just about every time whilst taking others with them on the journey, with a happy smile and positive outlook.”
- JOHN NEAL, PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE, ASHRIDGE EXECUTIVE EDUCATION
We believe that the 2016 Leader of the Year needs to:
demonstrate an awareness of and engagement with global, societal and organisational issues, through their actions as a leader
show robust engagement with socio-economic and socio-political issues of diversity and inclusion
how a willingness to engage with the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly globalised and digital economy
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CAROLYN MCCALL, CEO, EASYJET - THE ASHRIDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL LEADER OF THE YEAR 2015
"The achievements of Carolyn in the five years she has been at EasyJet have been outstanding. She arrived amidst managerial and financial challenges and has impressively grown the airline through dedication, hard work and a sense of fun. Amazingly, she has achieved all of this from a standing start as an outsider to the aviation industry.”
- Kai Peters, Chief Academic Officer of Ashridge and Hult International Business School
Meet Ashridge, the finalists and judges
Attend the awards ceremony on the 15th November to meet over 1,200 business leaders representing 350 businesses from across the UK. Build new business, celebrate and inspire your business for 2017.