Developing Leaders

Globally we are experiencing complex environmental challenges of international importance, including climate change, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, pollution and water scarcity. The environmental, social and economic impacts are all too apparent—depleted and degraded ecosystems that have adverse impacts on human health, food security, and social and political stability.

There is a key role for science in developing solutions to these problems but it requires scientists to be able to lead, communicate and collaborate with others in different science disciplines and with those outside science and academia.

As one past participant commented: “I found myself leading a major interdisciplinary project with several European partners and I was flying blind, having to learn on the job”

Barefoot have collaborated on a number of leadership programmes for scientists, researchers and engineers – for example, we have worked closely since 2009 with Stanford University’s Leopold Leadership Programme

The demand for these skills is the greatest amongst those in mid-career. They have advanced enough to have opportunities for leadership and influence, whilst still having much of their career still ahead of them.

Barefoot offers:

“Peter and Martin of the Barefoot Thinking Company have been key developers and deliverers of leadership and strategic thinking training for the Leopold Program since 2009. They have consistently produced high quality and high impact training that is both stimulating and transformational for the Leopold Fellows. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any organization that intends to utilize their services in the future.”

Pam Sturner, Executive Director, Leopold Leadership Program, Stanford University