The Leadership Vanguard

The Leadership Vanguard is, perhaps, the only initiative on the planet where senior leaders from across industries and around the world collaborate intensively to incubate commercial solutions to the problems that threaten the future of growth.

Entering its third year in 2017, the Leadership Vanguard is spearheaded by a growing group of visionary leaders committed to reinventing growth by reinventing leadership. You can view a short introduction to the Leadership Vanguard in this video.

Founding chairman – Remi Eriksen, group president and CEO of DNV GL – has been joined by two stellar co-chairs: Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; and Ajay Banga, president and CEO of MasterCard.

And confirmed partners for 2017 currently include: DNV GL, EDP (Energias de Portugal), Ericsson, International Committee of the Red Cross, MasterCard, Unilever and Woodside. Tata Consultancy Services has also joined the Leadership Vanguard 2017, becoming our first Indian partner. Economic Development Board (EDB) Singapore was a partner in 2015 and 2016.

Thanks to the reach and diversity of our partners, the Leadership Vanguard brings together an alchemy of groups from across industries, geographies and generations:

  • Catalysts – next-generation leaders from across partner organisation
  • Mentors – experienced leaders of global organisations
  • Beacons – recognised thought-leaders from across sectors
  • Pathfinders – innovators working outside global business to drive transformation

Leadership Vanguard catalyst explore emerging conflicts – each of which could represent structural weaknesses in our current growth paradigm. In 2016, we grouped these emerging conflicts into four ‘Frontiers’:

  • Scarcity/Abundance
  • Movement/Stasis
  • Contract/Dissolution
  • Order/Disorder

Each Frontier represents multiple ‘wicked problems’ – complex issues that are transforming societies and the operating context for Leadership Vanguard partners. Within each Frontier we are searching for the intersection between the greatest social needs and the strategic interests of the Leadership Vanguard partners. Catalysts then progress this work into systems intervention pilots.

You’ll find more in-depth information on the Leadership Vanguard in our most recent publications:

You can also check out Xyntéo’s YouTube page for Vanguard videos.

Our thanks to the CEOs – past, present and future – who are helping forge these important collaborative endeavours, and preparing the next-generation for future-fit leadership, all in the interests of reinventing growth.

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Banga, Ajay 2016

“Leadership Vanguard is a brilliant idea whose time has come. […] We’re at early stages of what we’re doing here. But we’re onto something. […] Without the seed that comes from Vanguard, you’re not going to get the plant.”

Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard + Leadership Vanguard co-chair

Polman, Paul 2016

“I think what makes the programme very attractive, besides the need for getting these types of leaders, is that you do it in a very practical way to develop the leadership.”

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever + Leadership Vanguard co-chair

Remi Eriksen original sq

“The Leadership Vanguard is designed to help you build your strength to lead through uncharted territory; to create value for your respective companies.”

Remi Eriksen, group president and CEO, DNV GL + founding chairman of the Leadership Vanguard

Rick Wheatley xynteo

“There is an imperative today to find new ways of addressing areas where we can apply our commercial muscle. If we can collaboratively work to address problems that are really large, we can ease the gap from where we are today to where we can all be prosperous in the future.”

Rick Wheatley, head of leadership and innovation, Xyntéo + Leadership Vanguard programme director