22nd June 2016

ESRC Seminar Series: Developing Ethical Leaders - The Contribution of Philosophy and Spirituality

Seminar 7: Buddhist Ethics and Sustainable Leadership Practices

Foresight Centre

University of Liverpool   June 22nd 2016



Registration: 9-10am  [Optional Meditation session 9.25-9.55am]

Start: 10am

Close: 4.30pm

Convened by:  Dr Clare Rigg, University of Liverpool Management School and Professor Peter Case, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England

Buddhism is an ancient oriental philosophy and religion which has begun to enjoy increasing currency and influence in the contemporary western world. It offers an alternative ethical basis for action and organizational relationships as well as for leadership identity and practice; one rooted in selflessness, compassion, non-harming and responsibility toward others. Many take this approach to be refreshing in an era dominated by western materialism and possessive individualism.

The focus of this seminar will be an exploration of the intersection between Buddhism’s influence on leadership theory, critical debate in business ethics and responsible organizational practice and what Buddhist principles and practices such as mindfulness offer to self-insight and self-care in leadership practice.

Speakers combine business owners, individuals consulting with companies and academics supporting leadership development.

Venue: Foresight Centre, Liverpool University, 1 Brownlow Street, Liverpool L69 3GL, 

0151 794 8060 http://www.foresightcentre.co.uk/Pages/Article.aspx?id=292


 BOOKING:  there is no charge but places are limited and likely to be oversubscribed.

Please book your place as soon as possible by clicking here

 Any queries please email Clare Rigg: clare.rigg@liverpool.ac.uk




Registration Opens



Peter Case

Optional Meditation session



Clare Rigg & Peter Case




Jean-Paul Jeanreneaud

Director One Planet Leaders, at WWF International


“Do Sustainability Challenges Make Better Buddhist Leaders? Exploring the contributions and limitations of instrumentalist approaches



The title of this session is deliberately playful, and is intended to help surface the often hidden instrumentalism inherent in contemporary spiritual leadership narratives. It will explore Buddhist ethics and sustainable leadership in the context of current sustainability challenges, and acknowledges both pragmatic and more philosophical perspectives.



Nikolay Sabev 

Econt Group Transport, Bulgaria


“Business world and Buddhist teachings: Some words from experience”

Nikolay Sabev is both a teacher of Buddhism and General  Manager and Owner of Econt Group Transport companies, Bulgaria, a long established international business employing 2500 people with a €50 million p.a. turnover.  He will speak about his attempts to live Buddhist teachings within his business practice.





Tim Malnick

Ashridge Business School & Different Space http://differentspace.co.uk/

"Leadership as surrender, leadership as devotion"

The profound challenges of global sustainability appear to require massive transformations in all areas of work, organization and business. Anyone working in the broad field of sustainability and social justice needs to acknowledge a deep ambivalence: as individuals and in organizations we say we want change, but find it hard to let go of fixed notions, core identities and ingrained habits – even when we see they are not creating the world we say we want. What might leaders need to let go of? How on earth do we do that? What do we cherish enough to offer the courage to let go?



Claus Springborg

CoCreation  http://cocreation.dk

“Sustainable ways of embodying leadership qualities”


As a manager, you are often asked to embody certain leadership qualities, e.g. to be courageous, assertive, perseverant, patient, etc. Even though aspiring to embody such qualities can be exciting, it can also be exhausting in the long run. Thus, trying to embody these qualities can contribute to burn out and are not sustainable for the individual.  This session will look at what Buddhist ideas of emptiness and suchness can teach us about embodying leadership qualities effortlessly. 


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