Leadership Conference 2011

Date: 2011-07-30

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Address:  Academy of Medicine, 99 Wong Chuk Hang Road

Keynote: What is “Real Leadership”?

In this session, Professor Dean Williams of Harvard Kennedy School will present the challenge of leadership in a highly complex world where people must cross boundaries and borders to get anything meaningful accomplished. This will be an exploration of the difference between real leadership and counterfeit leadership, and what it means to lead with authority and without authority in addressing the toughest challenges organizations and governments face.

Panel 1: Leadership Journey-Lessons

Learned from Past Leadership Experiences In this session, six prominent leaders from our community will talk about their leadership stories. They will share with us their lessons learnt from the most defining and the most difficult moments in their career as a leader. They will also reflect on whether it is more complex and challenging to become a leader in today’s Hong Kong. This is the chance to find out about what drove them to become the leaders that they are today.

Panel 2: Leadership VS Authority

Professor Dean Williams conceives leadership as an act rather than as the doings of people in authoritative positions. The session aims at exploring what it takes to be an effective leader in the context of Hong Kong, whether it is easier (or more convincing) to lead with or without authority; and, how to mobilize people to change their values and culture. The panelists will also be sharing their views on what constitute good or effective leadership. Film Screening of Oscar Nominated Film “Warriors of Qiugang” by Hong Kong-born film-maker Ruby Yang is a 39-minute documentary film that chronicles an environmental campaign by villagers fighting against a chemical plant in the Chinese village of Qiugang. Through the documentary, we will witness how these villagers exercised leadership without apparent authority. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject earlier this year. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang, an activist who documents the transformation of society with a camera and social conscience.

Panel 3: New Generation Leaders

Four young business and political leaders will debate and share their views about the future of leadership in Hong Kong. Through their respective businesses and political parties, they represent part of the next generation leaders of Hong Kong. This panel will explore how this group of young leaders sees their role in leadership, as they are succeeding the old generation and trying to lead the yet younger ones. What are the visions and values they posses that define them as “new” generation leaders? Are we ready to let our next generation to exercise leadership? What are the challenges and rewards of working with the older generation? While they may not necessarily be holding the positions of the highest authority, how do they exercise leadership?

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Featured Speakers

Donald Tsang

Chief Executive, HKSAR

Prof. Dean Williams

Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School