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Leadership2050: Leading with kindness

'I like to make connections, make a difference to people’s lives without them even asking. Leaders must do things without people asking.'

Leadership2050: Andrew White and Pinky Lilani

In this episode Andrew talks to Pinky Lilani, Founder and Chair, Women of The Future. Pinky is a food guru, entrepreneur and champion of women in business and during their conversation she reveals why kindness is power. 

Leadership is undergoing a profound revolution - those who show empathy and lead on social issues will thrive in the years ahead. And throughout this series of Leadership2050 you’ll meet global leaders who are showing the way.  

Pinky started her professional life as a self-taught chef and author. Today she’s at the helm of a global network of women leaders.  

Recognising and developing human potential is her super power.   

If we really want to have a society, an economy which thrives, we need to get the women on board.

She is the founder and chair of a number of awards recognising influential women, including the annual Women of the Future Awards and the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. And in 2015 she was awarded a CBE for services to women in business. 

In her conversation with Andrew she shares her insights into leadership - including why kindness is critical to business success and how to meaningfully improve diversity in an organisation. 

Leadership2050 is a podcast exploring the leadership we need to successfully transition to 2050. Who are the innovators setting the agenda for a more equal and sustainable future? In each episode Andrew talks to a visionary leader from the business community who is confronting the challenges humanity faces and finding solutions. 

Andrew's research and teaching focuses on how leaders transcend 21st century challenges such as disruptive technology change and the climate crisis. Also, how they create cultures that are diverse, inclusive, resilient and high performing, alongside the ongoing challenge of delivering profitable growth. At Saïd Business School he directs the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme, and works with leaders from industry and governments across the world.   

This episode was recorded in May 2022.