What is 2020 Leadership?

It’s the start of a new decade and our what we need from our leadership is different than in the past. At Be Leadership, we describe this emerging style as social leadership. Social leaders are collaborative, networked professionals, who proactively use both technology and the resulting mindset of connectedness to build an empowered and agile organisation. They form rich connections with their employees and hold two-way conversations with their teams. They inspire others to greatness by listening to the needs of their employees and creating the context needed to help them succeed. Social leaders work effectively across a matrix and break down silos to lead effectively across the organization.

In this social era, new connections are also forming between business and society. As consumers, we expect more responsiveness and a stronger human relationship amidst digital transformation. Employees expect organisations of all forms to act responsibly and with purpose, and engage with broader society in a positive way. This is leading to new collaborations between governments, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Social leaders thrive in this new business climate. They are conversational, connected leaders who have the skills, perspectives and self-awareness needed to drive both business and societal impact.

Throughout this year, we will be exploring the 12 key skills that are needed by social leaders in this new decade. Each month, we’ll focus in on one of the 12 skills and offer tips to help you develop that area. We start our year with a foundational skill, Curiosity. Follow along here, on Instagram at @be_leadership or on LinkedIn!

Stuff a Stocking for a Kenyan Child

Where did the summer go? It’s September and the holidays will be here before we know it. While the sun is still shining here in England, it’s a good time to start thinking about giving.

Many of us have a long list of gifts to buy for family and friends for the holiday season. At Be Leadership, our shopping list extends to 100 preschool children from Kenya. If you’d like to get involved, we welcome your support.

At Be Leadership, we are passionate about creating a better world through the development of social leaders. To support this, we have developed the Beautiful World Campaign, whose goal is to create connections between communities, organizations and individuals for greater impact.

For the second year, we are sponsoring the Stuff a Stocking campaign, a project to bring the magic of the holidays to children in Kenya. This project provides stockings filled with books, toys,  crafts, sweets and hygiene products to 100 Kenyan children who are attending pre-school at The Karibu Centre in Thika, outside of Nairobi.


The Karibu Centre is a community program that offers pre-school, after school programs, and job readiness training for underprivileged families in Kenya. Their programs help children who may not otherwise be ready for state education prepare for school through high-quality, interactive learning. We are proud to partner with The Karibu Centre to offer some holiday love to the kids at Karibu by stuffing a stocking to be donated to each of their pre-school children.

If you are interested in supporting this project or learning more please get in touch today! If you would like to learn more about The Karibu Centre and their amazing work, or make a monetary donation to their work, please visit: www.thekaribucentre.com.

About the Beautiful World Campaign

The Beautiful World Campaign creates positive connections between communities, purpose-driven organizations and individuals. We work with selected people and organizations to establish meaningful connections, then support these relationships through clear contracting between the parties, through coaching, specialized training or consulting services from experienced members of the Be Leadership team, and through selected financial support.

2019 Finalist in the IoD Awards

We are excited to share that our Managing Director, Shannon Banks, has been named as a finalist in the IoD 2019 Director of the Year awards for London & the South. Shannon has a strong personal and professional commitment to driving positive social change, and therefore is particularly honoured to be shortlisted for the CSR category.


Creating a Better World

Managing Director Shannon Banks spent two weeks with her family volunteering at the Karibu Centre, in February 2018 and February 2019. Because the Centre encourages skills-based volunteering, Shannon spent her time in Thika working with the staff on leadership development.

The work has had a lasting impact. According to Luke Kincaid, a Board Member at the Karibu Centre and Founder of Organic Savanna:

“Action Learning is helping our team to communicate more effectively and make decisions with one voice. The improvements we’re seeing in our team translate to greater impact in our community.”

Shannon is proud to work with this amazing organization and to give back through pro-bono coaching. How are you helping to create a better world? https://lnkd.in/gnpfH9m

WBECS Session on The Future of Leadership

We are pleased to be joining the WBECS 2018 speaker lineup with a talk on The Future of Leadership, focused on the importance of social leadership in a modern workplace. Click here to register!

Day 30 Connection Challenge: Establish a New Habit

In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg describes three steps to forming a new habit: We pick a “Cue” (or reminder), choose a “Reward” for when we are successful with our new behaviour, then execute the “Routine” or in simple terms, we practice the behaviour to get the reward. Think about the 30 challenges we completed this month today and pick one you can make a habit. #socialleadership #connectionchallenge