"Leadership is the ability to manage the hearts and minds of individuals and teams alike – to manage by setting an example. It is the ability to make the right decisions in critical circumstances, a natural process of translating team motivation into individual determination. It entails establishment of clear standards of action, planning and team performance. Modern leadership entails responsibility; it is an obligation to be honest and a privilege to give support to others. It requires of you to push beyond the limits. "
Dariusz Mioduski, CEO, Kulczyk Investments, Poland
"In crisis I believe you can create a competitive advantage by looking at crisis as opportunities and being clear about your strategy by focusing on leadership under pressure, performance under pressure, clear communication, visibility in the organisation and really having excellent execution. Engagement in the company is really key and this is the way that you can create the winning mindsets and win compared to your competitors in the marketplace. "
Christopher Laska, CEO, Telenor, Hungary
"Our philosophy is based on the leadership skills and aspirations of each individual, regardless of whether they are in a managerial position or not. We lead people to the idea that each person can impact the activities in our business. Our programmes are based on three principal pillars – know yourself, know your environment/team and know your customer and sense of our business. Subsequently, we have elaborated these pillars for various levels of management and everyone has access to these programmes. Our decision to invest important funds and efforts in the development is beneficial for us in the long-term. "
Pavel Kysilka, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Česká spořitelna, Czech Republic