The purpose agenda is – thankfully – unstoppable. But what sorts of leadership skills are required to bring purpose to life day to day in organisations?
A couple of years ago I was at an event about sustainability and purpose (yes, a real event, with lots of people in the same room – remember those days?) One of the speakers was Paul Polman, who at the time was still CEO of Unilever. An audience member asked him a question: “Paul, what has been the most important skill you’ve had to apply in leading Unilever on this purpose journey?”