Future of Leadership Initiative

Shaping leadership in times of digitalization

The Future of Leadership Initiative (FLI) aims to shape visionary leadership in times of digitalization, by fostering the dialogue between young talents, executives and thought leaders.




Learn from the best

The journey starts with interviewing thought leaders from all around the world, investigating what visionary leadership of our times look like.





Future of Leadership Conference

The Future of Leadership Conference

We then share our insights during the FLI Conference amongst others, an interactive two-day Think Tank that includes powerful keynotes, panel discussions and innovative interactive formats.


The Future of Leadership in one image

After each Future of Leadership Initiative, we create a knowledge map that encapsulates all the insights we gained throughout the initiative, on topics such as meaning at work, change, the future generation…



The Future Lab: apply now!

In the Future Lab, mixed teams will test agile innovation techniques based on a specific case study on urban mobility - join the experience!





Shaping leadership in times of digitalization

Since four years the Future of Leadership Initiative equips its followers with tools and insights that make us better leader!

Join the leadership community and get inspired by more than 100 major Thought Leaders from around the world that engaged in the Future of Leadership Initiative, amongst others:

Joe Kaeser, CEO Siemens

Joe Kaeser
CEO of Siemens AG

Barry Schwartz, Psychologist and Professor

Barry Schwartz
Psychologist and Professor

Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Professor

Barbara Kellerman
Professor of Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Prize Laureate

Jimmy Wales, Co-founder Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales
Co-founder of Wikipedia

Bill McDermott, CEO SAP

Bill McDermott

Juliana Rotich, Founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi

Juliana Rotich
Founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi

Barry Schwartz, Psychologist and Professor

Sigmar Gabriel
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

General ret. Dr. Helge Hansen, Former Commander-in- Chief of Allied Forces Central Europe in NATO
Dr. Helge Hansen
Former Commander-in- Chief of Allied Forces Central Europe in NATO
Prof. Götz Werner, Founder of DM
Prof. Götz Werner
Founder of DM
Father Dr. Notker Wolf, Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation
Father Dr. Notker Wolf
Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation
Franz Josef Radermacher, Professor at ULM
Franz Josef Radermacher
Professor at ULM University
Dr. Michael Otto, Chairman of the Board at Otto Group

Dr. Michael Otto
Chairman of the Board at Otto Group

Prof. Amy Wrszniewski, Professor at Yale School of Management
Prof. Amy Wrszniewski
Professor at the Yale School of Management
Petri Kokko, Global Director at Google
Petri Kokko
Global Director at Google
John Elkington, World Authority on Corporate Responsibility and UN Global Compact Partner
John Elkington
UN Global Compact Partner
Prof. Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer at MIT
Prof. Peter Senge
Senior Lecturer at MIT
Gabriele Fischer, Editor-in-chief of Brand Eins
Gabriele Fischer
Editor-in-chief of Brand Eins
Frank Schätzing, German best selling author
Frank Schätzing
German best selling author
Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Töpfer
Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme
Nassim Taleb, author, statistician and risk analyst
Nassim Taleb
Author, statistician and risk analyst
Madeleine Gummer von Mohl, CEO  and Co-founder of Betahaus
Madeleine Gummer von Mohl
CEO  and Co-founder of Betahaus
Benson Wereje, co-founder and CEO of CIYOTA
Benson Wereje
Co-founder and CEO of CIYOTA
Martina Koederitz, CEO of IBM Germany
Martina Koederitz
CEO of IBM Germany
Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe, Professor at LMU
Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe
Professor at LMU
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. A. Herrmann, President of the TUM University
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. A. Herrmann
President of the TUM University
Janina Kugel, CHRO of Siemens
Janina Kugel
CHRO of Siemens AG
Stefan Ries, CHRO of SAP
Stefan Ries
Konstanze Frischen, Leader of Ashoka North
Konstanze Frischen
Leader of Ashoka North
Phil McKinney, Former CTO of Hewlett-Packard
Hasso Plattner
Founder of SAP & Hasso Plattner Design Institute


Join us and take the next step into the future: become part of the Future of Leadership Initiative.


The 4 levels of Innovation Culture


In our interviews about innovation, one aspect keeps coming up: culture. But what are we talking about when we invoke an “Innovation Culture”?

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Failure Culture — the Key Ingredient for Innovation Leadership


“In [the innovation] process, you need [...] a leadership that creates room for failure and has a constructive way of dealing with failure”. — Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Senior Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group

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How a start-up aims to disrupt the e-mobility market


In preparation of FLI’s next event, the Future Lab, we have talked to the CEO of the startup MotionWerk GmbH about their first product Share&Charge, which is developing an innovative e-charging system.

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How to give a purpose to your company?


Do you want to make business or great business? At the FLI Conference 2016 Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, revealed four steps for meaningful business.

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Small is beautiful - An interview with Bestseller Author Nassim Taleb


A famous financial risk analyst on his perspective on progress...

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Bringing research and insights to life: The Future Lab


The Future of Leadership 2017 is moving onto the next stage, taking focused research and analysis around innovation and leadership and presenting it at the next event: The Future Lab on Urban Mobility.

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How a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate envisions the future


Ever wondered how a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate wants to shape the future world? We talked to one to find out: Muhammad Yunus, father of modern micro-finance.

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Personal cars: a call for change?


Owning a personal car becomes more and more out-dated, and presents various pitfalls... The time has come for a change in urban mobility! 

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The co-founder of Wikipedia on how to achieve true progress


How does Wikipedia contribute to true progress in the world? Jimmy Wales, Co-founder of Wikipedia, on his vision of the world and the impact of internet.