Curtains up in Lisbon for The Performance Theatre 2015

Leaders are set to gather in Lisbon today for The Performance Theatre 2015, which will see them drawing on Portugal’s rich explorer history to build insight into the new leadership landscape. Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic, will host a meeting of the Performance Theatre advisory board before the theatre commences at 11.00.

A guiding principle throughout the two-day theatre will be how we can reinvent growth: so that it works with and not against nature; benefits larger numbers of people; and delivers value over the longer term.

Present at this year’s theatre is a handpicked gathering of global business leaders, politicians, NGOs, academics, social innovators and artists. Participants include: Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Yves Daccord, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross; Jack Leslie, chairman, Weber Shandwick; Baroness Bryony Worthington, shadow minister for energy and climate change, House of Lords; and Rick Haythornthwaite, chairman of the board of directors, MasterCard, and non-executive chairman, Centrica.

This year’s theme, ‘Exploring the new leadership landscape’, reflects the dramatically shifting leadership landscape. Some of the world’s most inspiring and successful leaders are also some of its most dangerous. Calls for action around climate change will only get louder and bolder as the weeks continue to countdown to COP21 in Paris. And we are seeing one of the largest generations in history – the Millennials – poised to reshape the economy, forcing companies to examine how they do business for decades to come.

Our ambition for this year’s Performance Theatre, being held in Lisbon, is to draw on Portugal’s rich explorer history and build insight into the new leadership landscape. What does it look like? What can we learn from those at the front line of change? How can 21st century leadership be taught and learned?

This year’s theatre is generously hosted by Energias de Portugal (EDP), one of Europe’s leading electricity operators, and its CEO António Mexia. The company will play an active role throughout the theatre, and will also host the closing dinner at the Lisbon Electricity Museum. Read more about EDP as host here.

We are looking forward to what we think will be the most exciting and inspiring theatre yet.