Responsible Leadership & Global Stakeholders

Responsible Leadership & Global Stakeholders

Assessing global initiatives, thought leaders and socially oriented businesses

This course offers a rich insight into the world of thought leadership focused on sustainable business. Working with examples and case studies, participants will gain a historical perspective on what responsible leadership means in various contexts. Participants will evaluate the cross-cultural perspective of business in human history and re-frame corporate governance for a larger business purpose.

Project teams will present a first review of their sustainability projects to clarify the added-value of their project in the larger business context. Participants will review projects both top-down and bottom-up to highlight potential weaknesses and disconnections, establishing a revised project plan with deliverables around key priorities.
Course objectives:
Define responsible leadership in various contexts
Reframe corporate governance in view of stakeholder challenges
Understand sustainability politics and stakeholder management
Develop a historic perspective of economics, politics, philosophy
The cross-cultural perspective of business in human development
The dynamics, benefits and challenges of socially-oriented businesses
This course is created for:
Aspiring future sustainability managers & consultants
Professionals, managers and entrepreneurs with an interest in sustainability and responsible leadership


Dr. Michael Hathorn

Michael is a senior partner of OPTIMIS Learning, where he focuses on sustainable organizational strategy and executive development. Previously working for the investment management firm, Capital International, he founded and headed the firm’s Learning and Organizational Development function for the European businesses. At TNT in Amsterdam, he served as Group Director of Learning and Organizational Development during a major strategic change initiative to create synergies across the three divisional businesses. He is a contributor to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is a partner at the International Center for Corporate governance. He is a graduate from Louisiana State University with an MS in Marketing and earned his Ph.D. in International Business at the University of St. Gallen.

Course Fee

Included in course fee

  • Coffee
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Hand-out material
  • Any material required in course

Excluded in course fee

  • Travels to location
  • Overnight stay
  • Dinner

Cancellation Fee

  • 30% 5 months or more
  • 50% 4 months or more
  • 80% 3 months or more
  • 100% 2 months or more

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