Movers and shakers of the business world from across the country have attended an exclusive networking event in the capital.
Blackswan ran the event for a select group of senior leaders and top CEOs around the theme of executive presence, at the Italian Embassy on Grosvenor Square in London.
Hosted by the Italian Ambassador, Pasquale Terracciano, the event saw four speakers discuss the importance of executive presence for leaders in the business world and beyond.
In his speech, CEO of Vodafone Group, Vittorio Colao, talked about being a leader in the modern world and how it related to the Greek philosophers.
During a lively question and answer session, Mr Colao, who also sits on the International Advisory Board of Boccini University in Italy and joined the board of Unilever as a non-executive director in July 2015, was asked his opinion on Twitter and whether or not to interact with customers.
Over the course of the evening’s event, Enzo Quattrociocche, secretary general for European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, discussed the importance of humour, authenticity and emotional intelligence in being a good leader.
The first British woman to have climbed Everest, Rebecca Stephens, talked to the audience about past leaders who have a strong executive presence such as polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, about the first British expedition to Everest, and how we can learn lessons from significant figures from the past and apply them to modern day scenarios.
“The greatest leaders of the 20th century understood that you lead not with bayonets but with words” – Maurice Duffy
And not to be outdone, Blackswan CEO Maurice Duffy talked about social media today and how to use it to establish executive presence.
"Here are some facts: 69 percent of people think social media can enhance credibility for a brand or a CEO, 75 percent of people think social media gives an organisation a human face, and 75 percent of people think social media helps CEOs to build good relationships with the media,” he said.
“Today’s leaders have become highly public figures, and the resultant media scrutiny has become very personal. You cannot be a passenger on this journey.”
The event was catered for by MasterChef Professionals 2015 winner Danilo Cortellini, who is the head chef at the Italian Embassy.
"Thank you so much for a very enjoyable evening. The speakers, attendees and generous hospitality combined well to ensure a highly memorable occasion, and to put Blackswan on the map for me!" - Attendee
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