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Leadership for positive impact

Tomorrow’s Leaders

Transform. Lead. Succeed.

Fri 1st May 2015 - Sat 31st December 2016

You are invited to be part of a ground-breaking short, intensive learning retreat for senior managers who are passionate about becoming Tomorrow’s Leaders.

New leaders for a sustainable future are people who can use emotional intelligence skills to identify creative, sustainable solutions to business challenges.

They will know how to access the full potential of their inherent creative powers to inspire others to greater achievements.They will be people who truly understand themselves and in turn understand others better.

Sustainable leadership means intuitively understanding what ‘sustainability’ really means, and how and why it is synonymous with real profitability.

This learning retreat is organised by David Dowse, Mike Ponding and Kelvin Heard and hosted by Sharon Jackson at The European Sustainability Academy (ESA).

To ensure a high level of experiential and individual learning for every participant, numbers are limited to not more than 25 per retreat.

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The global game has changed in business leadership.

The aftershocks of the global financial crash of 2008 continue to reverberate around the commercial world. Successful business leaders of the future are increasingly aware that a radically new approach is needed.

The very meaning of ‘Success’ is being redefined. ‘Sustainability’, ‘Ethical Practice’ and ‘Responsible Business ‘ are no longer just lip-service boardroom buzzwords – they are real and vital business principles. These organisation behaviours are the foundations of a truly successful and sustainable business.

We are in a brave new business world that demands a brave new generation of leaders.

This involves new leadership skills, knowledge and insight


I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but ESA exceeded my expectations in every way, and that doesn’t happen often…” Toby Webb, Founder, CEO Ethical Corporation. London, UK

The programme aims at helping you:

  1. Discover how your personal development drives your business development

  2. Access to intelligent management tools and leadership skills you need to succeed in the new business environment

  3. Learn to find and use enormous and powerful untapped resources within yourself

  4. Disconnect from your frenetic ‘normal’ life, and connect instead with a truly rewarding future

  5. Slow down, so you can develop faster and further

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Why are we here? Connection and Disconnection.


What is ‘Success’? What does ‘Sustainability’ mean? What does ‘Leadership’ demand? Slowing down to travel faster and further. The true meaning of ‘Quality’.


Alignment, Forward Thinking & Timescales, Power of Mind, Passion and Patience in Business.



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David Dowse

David Dowse

David is a leading international expert in corporate communications, with specialist interests in conflict resolution, corporate personality, crisis management and team development.

His career as a successful PR consultant spans over 25 years, during which he has worked in some 30 countries. Before moving to Belgrade, Serbia, where he is co-owner of a successful regional consultancy, David wrote an acclaimed book on his experiences leading the team for Morgan Motor Company’s triumphant return, against all odds, to the 24hr Le Mans race after an absence of 40 years.

Kelvin Heard

Kelvin Heard

Kelvin has been described as having “more energy than the average nuclear reactor”. A full-time mentor, meditation and mindfulness trainer since 1996, Kelvin works with individuals and teams, taking them on a powerful journey of self-discovery and bringing out hidden creativity and ground-breaking solutions, all by slowing down and using the mind in the most effective way to gain real results.

Mike Ponting

Mike Ponting

Mike's management consulting background, coupled with his international charity experiences - running environmental projects deep in the jungles of South America and Central America - give him a unique blend of skills that he now uses to help people develop exceptional business performance. Known for his engaging and inspiring training courses and team events, Mike brings huge levels of enthusiasm and a keen understanding of people that enables companies to achieve significant business improvement.

Sharon Jackson

Sharon Jackson

Sharon is the Founder and Director of our fantastic course venue, the unique European Sustainability Academy on the magical island of Crete. She is also a Director of Carlton CSR - UK, Associate Faculty at the Cranfield School of Management, an Associate Scholar at University of Cumbria, Institute for Sustainability and Leadership, a visiting lecturer at Murray Edwards College - Cambridge University and visiting research fellow at Athens University of Economics and Business.

Host your event at ESA     

Powered only by Cretan sunshine, ESA is a beautiful building rooted in the earth amongst ancient rocks and olive trees, surrounded by nature. Its construction is a leading example of sustainability in practice. ESA is an experiential and creative place where people feel enlivened, uplifted and creative. Great living and great learning happen at ESA. A perfect setting for:

Leading sustainable enterprise

Our passion is contributing towards co-created sustainable enterprise for positive impact on communities and the natural environment on a global scale. Leadership and entrepreneur issues of adaptation, resilience, authenticity, sustainable-self, values connected sense-making and the continued emancipation of women (WISE) to take up more leadership roles in the world are at the core of the ESA sustainability experience.

Make sense of sustainability

Crete is the sustainable destination of the past and of the future.

Home of the Minoans, one of the earliest civilisations on earth, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Crete is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art and agriculture. You can have your own authentic experience of a sustainable lifestyle and feel first-hand the strong connection between nature and community.