A welcome to TPT Lisbon from Portugal’s President

We are now just one week away from The Performance Theatre Lisbon 2015, this 26-27 June. The President of the Portuguese Republic, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, who is generously hosting a meeting of the TPT advisory board at the Palácio de Belém on Friday 26 June before the theatre commences, has also penned this note of welcome.

I am delighted that The Performance Theatre took the decision to meet in Lisbon, hosting a distinguished group of leaders ranging from global business leaders and social innovators to academics and senior politicians to debate the biggest leadership challenges.

There has never been a more relevant time to question and debate leadership. Systemic challenges that threaten our societies and our way of life demand leaders to guide their organisations into a new world of collaboration, innovation and sustainable growth.

Portugal provides the perfect backdrop for exploring the new leadership landscape. Pioneers of the first global era, our ancestors were navigators that invented a revolutionary ship called Caravel for thriving in the vanguard of European overseas exploration, discovering and mapping the coasts of Africa, Asia and Brazil, and opening new ocean routes to new worlds. Each captain of each ship was much like today’s leaders: leading with uncertainty, risk and the unknown, and each needed to experiment with new ways of working and managing.

Portugal is a country of opportunities. Our economy is regaining competitiveness, attracting productive investment and talent, and conquering its place on the global stage.

The biggest risk of all is standing still, so I am very pleased to welcome to Lisbon such a group of leaders for key discussions on how to navigate the new landscape in which 21st century leaders operate.

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