Leaders Solving for Tomorrow

PwC’s innovative leadership development programme targets leaders across industries and organisations, and is a call to action to rethink and reconfigure how organisations operate to create a transformative movement.

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Anja Sbanski
Partner, People & Organisation, PwC Germany

Developing transformative leaders in a complex world

Our innovative leadership development programme supports senior leaders to think through the scale of strategic transformation needed to solve for sustained outcomes.

Our world is confronted with a new scale of complex challenges due to the disruptive and urgent issues that result from human interactions with global megatrends. Facing unprecedented global crises, societies across the world are expecting organisations of all kinds to rethink the way they operate to contribute solutions towards a better future. Organisations that fail to do so will face declining trust from their stakeholders, ultimately risking losing their social licence to operate.

As a result, what’s required of leaders is becoming more complex and challenging as seemingly contradicting problems emerge, and the expectation of those who lead is becoming ever more demanding. 

Organisational success will be driven by those leaders and teams who deeply understand the interconnectedness of the major trends shaping the world today. Those who move beyond ‘either/or’ towards ‘yes/and’ thinking for themselves, their teams, and organisations. Those who enable fast-paced, adaptable decision making, while being curious and open minded to diverse perspectives, and different approaches. What’s been done in the past won’t work in today’s context.

That’s where our Leaders Solving for Tomorrow programme comes in. It’s a collaborative leadership development programme grounded in reality that brings leaders from different organisations and industries around the world together to help think through some of the world's most pressing problems. It prepares them for the challenge of running their organisation in an uncertain world, with competing and conflicting leadership challenges. 

“While leaders have always been required to lead in complex environments and to initiate and drive change, what’s different in today’s context is the scale of transformation needed to respond to some of the most urgent challenges that we all face as a human race.”

Peter Brown,Joint Global Leader, People & Organisation, PwC United Kingdom

The programme is grounded in reality and builds on some of our best in class thought leadership

PwC identified five Megatrends, which we characterised as deep and profound trends, global in scope and long-term in effect, touching everyone on the planet and shaping our world for many years to come.

With the ADAPT framework, we describe the immediate issues the Megatrends are causing today, largely as a result of human interaction with the trends. The framework summarises some of the most pressing challenges that governments, organisations and individuals need to find answers to: Asymmetries of wealth and opportunity, climate change, the speed and scale of technological development, the imbalance of age and demographics across the world, global fracturing and rising nationalism that causes increasing polarisation, all together leading to the erosion of trust within society.

Business, in particular, must focus on achieving sustained outcomes and building trust to preserve and create financial and social value in a world of increasing risk and opportunity.

One of the immediate implications from ADAPT is that the world needs people to stand up and lead. At all levels, throughout organisations, governments and society alike. And what is required of leaders is becoming more complex and challenging as seemingly irreconcilable problems emerge, the expectation of those who lead is becoming ever more demanding.

Challenges of running an organisation in a complex, interconnected world

We have identified critical and most urgent dilemmas leaders are facing today which are defined by the complex and fast-changing context leaders are required to navigate.

These are the Six paradoxes of leadership. The idea of a paradox is not new for many leaders, but we believe these six are the most critical to master in today’s world. Together they constitute a system that leaders need to navigate and balance gracefully as they manage the seemingly impossible number of demands they face. The challenge leaders face across all aspects of society is to recognise that paradoxes exist and to learn to be comfortable in holding this reality.

Overview of programme elements

The programme is organised in weekly sprints over the course of 8 weeks and structured along the core modules Repair – Rethink – Reconfigure. 


What are the immediate challenges organisations need to focus on and “repair”, to be viable and relevant in the immediate-term?


How to change organisations to ensure sustainable growth in the future, in a way that makes them more resilient?


How to start reconfiguring organisations and the levers leaders have at their disposal to make a shift happen?

“We have a profound responsibility as leaders. We have to be different in order for our organisations and the world to be different. And we have to bring people with us. So if leaders around the world want a better future for our children and grandchildren, they need to find within themselves the capacity to navigate the transformation required. The stakes are simply too high for them not to.”

Blair Sheppard,Global Leader for Strategy and Leadership for the PwC network
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Anja Sbanski

Anja Sbanski

Global Leadership Services Leader, PwC Germany

Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Global Workforce Leader, Partner, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7789 003712

Jo Salter

Jo Salter

Director, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)7710 035975

Blair Sheppard

Blair Sheppard

Global Leader, Strategy and Leadership, PwC United States

Susannah Anfield

Susannah Anfield

Director, Global Strategy and Leadership, PwC United Kingdom