International researchers to look at Global Leadership issues

Published: 15 February 2008 at 09:51

Conference will work to a new and enlightening agenda.

‘Leaders must shape up if they are to be successful in the new global village’ is the message behind a two day conference at Anglia Ruskin University’s Ashcroft International Business School, Chelmsford, Essex.

The Global Leadership and the Global Fitness Framework conference, at Rivermead campus on 3/4 April, will assess today’s leaders and their fitness for purpose.  Devised for international researchers and business leaders from a wide range of research fields, it will debate the fact that while we recognise the need to consider physical, mental and spiritual aspects of health and fitness of individuals, we do not pursue such activity at group and society levels.

Conference organisers John Rayment and Dr Jonathan Smith, who are senior researchers at the Ashcroft International Business School, will look at how to tackle and prevent urgent global issues such as the breakdown of family and society, pandemics, over consumption of natural resources, changing global demographics, religious fundamentalism, and global warming.

Explaining the rationale behind the concept of Global Leadership, John Rayment said:

“Leaders should adopt a new global way of thinking as the current leadership model is appreciably outdated.  Individuals, organisations and nations can no longer act in their own self interests and assume that natural resources are still exploitable, and business and population growth is desirable.”

“Leaders have not yet recognised that changing circumstances have made this approach untenable.”

The group of international researchers attending the conference will explore the idea that with the alternative approach of Global Leadership, leaders and decision makers will recognise that their responsibilities extend well beyond current boundaries.

The Ashcroft International Business School is currently developing an MA in Global Leadership and is keen to see similar programmes developed elsewhere.  Delegates at the conference will have the opportunity to become involved in such developments and become founder members of a Global Fitness and Leadership Network set up by the University.

The team have devised a model for assessing the fitness of individuals, groups and societies.  Speaking about the model, Dr Smith said:

“Fit organisations will co-operate and collaborate with others and with the communities of which they are a part.”

“In our view, ‘fitness’ must be measured holistically, taking into consideration the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of performance and the purpose sought.”

Key speakers for the event include Martin Rutte, President of Livelihood, a management consulting business in New Mexico, USA.  Martin is co-author of the New York Times business bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work with sales of over one million copies.  He is also Chair of the board of Canada’s first Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax.

Other contributors include Dr Uwe Torsten, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany; Professor Leo Bruno, Foundation Dom Camral, New Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil; Michael Fiszer, Director of Leadership Development, Napier University, Edinburgh; Michael Smith, Initiatives of Change, Caux, Switzerland and Patrick Psaila, Workassist, Malta.