Honest Talks and leadership in 2020 – what we learned

Y esterday afternoon our panel discussion event series, Honest Talks, returned – this time online. The theme of the event was leadership, exploring what it means to be a leader in what is the most challenging of years.

The event brought together a stellar line up of panellists, pictured above, Zooming in from their home offices across the UK, including:

Our compere, Rupert Cornford, journalist and director of Story Publishing, led the discussion which ranged from what leaders have learned about themselves as a result of Covid-19, to how best to manage diversity in the workplace.

Below is a selection of our live tweets from the event.

The discussion began with panellists sharing their views on how they have dealt with the pandemic. Diana Xhumari said:

While Mark Fletcher reiterated the importance of honesty and transparency with his team:

Henri Murison focused on the wide-reaching challenges facing us all and how his organisation has been working to deal with not only the economic fall-out but the consequences for education:

He continued:

The panellists also discussed how best to tackle the issue of equality and diversity in the workplace, with some sage advice from Mark Fletcher:

Olive Strachan’s final thoughts explored some of the qualities good leaders need to demonstrate:

The event shone a light on what it truly means to be a leader in such turbulent times and provided a space for open reflection on how the experience has changed us all.
We hope you enjoyed the event and look forward to seeing you (hopefully in the flesh!) at the next.

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Georgia is a trainee account executive, based in the Manchester office

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