Restoring Trust

6 October 2022

The erosion of trust is a problem in:

  • Politics and government. Political leadership has become more fragmented in many countries as a result of populism and autocratic leaders, elected or not. Citizens of some countries don’t trust the intentions or capabilities of their governments aymore.

  • Business. Citizens and consumers wonder if they can trust corporates to do the right thing. It isn't enough anymore to do no harm; corporates are expected to do good. ESG-norms are getting teeth.

  • Society. Polarization is occurring more frequently, exacerbated by economic inequality, social media and Covid.

Living from a foundation of trust is superior because it decreases transaction costs but more importantly, because of its intrinsic value: it increases the quality of life and it makes us more human.

But distrust is easier and more widespread. Many people and organizations don’t accept disappointments or mistakes anymore. Everything has to be perfect and certain; if setbacks occur, more rules and controls are introduced to engineer them away and those that are guilty are identified and sentenced.

Living from trust requires a radical acceptance of imperfection and emergence. Trust means being at ease with the belief that life cannot be fully predicted or top-down organized and that many processes arise bottom-up.

The main question for the participants at the ELP Annual Leadership Conference 2022 will be: Where do I see the erosion of trust in my personal or professional context, how can I respond, how can I in my role contribute to restoring trust? As always the ELP Conference will be a mix of keynotes, interviews on stage, small-group dialogues and networking with peers from a wide variety of organizations.

Why join?

  1. Be inspired by great speakers on leadership from a societal, an organizational and a personal perspective.
  2. Engage with peers and speakers to share ideas on how to create a desirable future.
  3. Reflect on your role as a leader in the changes you want to see in society.
  4. And.. use your leadership for creating a better world within your own context.

Recap ELP Annual Conference 2019: Staying human in a digital world

Testimonials

“In order to keep clarity of mind and to lead organizations, it’s important to continuously seek for new perspectives.
A wonderful and high quality conference, with ditto participants, that will surely trigger new and high impact ideas”

Francine van Dierendonck

Executive Board Member APG

”Meeting different people, experience different ways of thinking, get inspired with novel trends, and meet people from outside your daily routine in a safe, non-judgemental environment.”

Kaz de Jong

Manager Staff Care, Médécins sans Frontières

“I have had many engaging, creative and inspiring sessions at the ELP conference.
The breadth of topics covered is impressive; so is the depth at which the topics are interrogated.
The colleagues I have met have remained an invaluable source of professional and personal insight,
experience and support which I treasure to this day.”

Nicholas Brassey

CHRO, Ahold Delhaize Europe & Indonesia

“The annual conference offers the best of multiple worlds. It’s an inspiring event circling around trending leadership topics.
It provides a space to reflect upon your own leadership style and behavior. It offers you an opportunity to communicate
with kindred spirits who are in the same boat . And if all that is not enough, it’s rounded off with a good glass and fine food. I say: not to be missed!”

Ber Damen

Partner, Van de Bunt

“The Annual Conference offers the best of multiple worlds. It’s an inspiring event circling around trending leadership topics. It provides a space to reflect upon your own leadership style and behavior. It offers you an opportunity to communicate with kindred spirits who are in the same boat. And if all that is not enough, it’s rounded off with a good glass and fine food.

A FLOW OF KEYNOTES, ROUNDTABLE DIALOGUES AND PLENARY DIALOGUES

Use your leadership for a better world!