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Date of event: 21 March 2019
Event ends: 21 March 2019
Start time: 09:30
End time: 16:30
Price: Exclusive to members of The Henley Partnership *Up to 4 Places*
21st Century Leadership


Most current ideas about leadership originated in the 19th and 20th centuries when the world was a very different place. Huge changes in technology, geo-politics, demography and business have rendered many ideas obsolete or irrelevant.

This session focuses on ideas created in and for the 21st century, where the world is moving at pace and in unpredictable directions. It explains the Primary Colours Approach to leadership and describes the need for complete leadership. But it also embraces the notion of incomplete leaders, demonstrating why this is inevitable and working with its consequences. It distinguishes between natural strengths, potential strengths, fragile strengths and resistant limitations, challenging participants to be realistic about their own and others’ leadership capabilities, and making a virtue of openness. Its implications make us rethink how 21st century leadership needs to function and to be developed - in teams.

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the event, you will have:

  • Understood and considered the Primary Colours approach to leadership
  • Considered its suitability and implications for your organisation

Event Content and Delivery Style

During the event you will:

  • Be introduced to key concepts, set out clearly in an interactive lecture
  • Participate in round-table discussions
  • Discuss insights and share ideas and opinions

Who Should Attend?

Senior executives in leadership positions, whether for departments, subsidiaries or entire organisations. The ideas we will be working with are equally relevant for the public or private sectors or for charitable organisations, whether local, national or multinational.


The primary theme is LEADERSHIP and the secondary theme is ENGAGEMENT.

It is relevant to the development of Leadership, Teams, Strengths, Complexity, Unpredictability.

THP, The Henley Partnership.

Professor David Pendleton

Dr David Pendleton

David Pendleton is a psychologist, educator, consultant and author. He completed a doctorate in psychology at the University of Oxford and has spent the rest of his career applying his discipline in a variety of practical contexts. He was recently appointed Professor in Leadership at Henley Business School, where he focuses on Executive Education. David is also an Associate Fellow at Oxford’s Said Business School and an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College Oxford. Having spent over twenty years as a consultant and business psychologist, David specialises in working with top teams and has assessed many hundreds of executives from all over the world. He has worked in all sectors: commercial, public and charity.

David has developed a particular understanding of organisations in high-tech manufacturing, travel, hospitality, retail and financial services. In particular, he has worked with airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific. In other airline-related organisations, he has worked with the top teams at IATA, SITA and Rolls Royce.

David’s most recent book, Leadership: All You Need to Know (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), now in its second edition, describes his Primary Colours approach to leadership. Created in and for the 21st century, Primary Colours emphasises team-based rather than hero leadership and is highly suited to a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

*Per member organisation. “Up to” indicates the maximum number per member organisation, it is not an allocation of places. All places are subject to availability at the time of nomination. Nomination Forms are dealt with on a first come first served basis and a place cannot be booked or held without a fully completed and approved Nomination Form.

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For more information please contact The Henley Partnership Team by email at thp@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 1491 418 855.

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Henley Business School, Greenlands Campus

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