We work with leaders from across business, government and civil society who want to contribute towards a more sustainable, inclusive world.

Core to what we do is a unique approach to experiential learning for senior leaders. Learning by seeing is one of the fastest, most impactful ways to open people’s eyes to new realities and inspire them to think differently and move to purposeful action. 

We take people outside their usual environments to meet with leaders, change-makers and local communities. We engage with innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists and grassroots leaders – from all generations. And we spend time with people who have diverse perspectives on what’s important, and whose views may challenge our own. We blend this external focus with time for reflection, introspection and deep dialogue. 

Leaders' Quest's practice is grounded in the belief that a company, community or ecosystem can only truly transform if those leading it are willing to work on themselves. We see our role as walking alongside our clients as they design and lead bold change. Our aim is to model the behaviours we think are important, and to share our own vulnerabilities, questions and inspiration along the way. 


“Yesterday I was clever and I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.”

Rumi,

Sufi poet

Principles of engagement

Our principles of engagement guide our working relationships. They are the basis on which we build a shared understanding of what we do and how we do it.

Transformation

We seek engagements with clients who view change as imperative - change in the wider world, change inside their organisations, and change within themselves. They don’t accept business as usual, and are open to the possibilities and rewards of transformation.

Diverse Voices

We draw out diverse voices and ensure they're heard respectfully, and we add our own voices as catalysts to the conversation. This requires us to create a safe space - intellectually and emotionally - to address big topics and tough questions.

Trust

Trust is the core value that allows us to explore challenging questions safely. We work to build trust, and recognise that it is hard won and quickly lost.

Mutuality

Mutuality is the spirit in which we bring people together to build trust. We always look for ways for everyone, regardless of status, to talk and listen, teach and learn, give and receive.

Advocacy

We are professional, independent and open-minded, but we are not neutral. We believe that the world’s problems can be tackled only through joint effort. In this sense, we are pro-civil society, pro-business, pro-NGO and pro-activist. We recognise that different groups have a role to play, and don’t think that anyone, ourselves included, has all the answers.

Realism

We know that change is difficult and often takes time. We strive to be realistic, holding ourselves accountable, being fully committed, learning from failure, and knowing that there are many paths to great outcomes.

Partners

We are partners with our clients, rather than transactional suppliers. We build long-lasting relationships driven by impact.

Tools & techniques


Shifting gears on culture change with Mercedes-Benz Cars UK

Daimler

‘I thought, I need to break this cycle’ - empowering young people in India through football

Exploring simplicity, trust and leadership in London

​‘The way we show up is the essence of leadership’​: Lindsay Levin at Shared Value

Lindsay Levin

What leaders can learn from architects

Phillip Graham

​“Just get on with it”: Lessons from Bradford’s tenacious leaders

Katie Denning

Finding our best ‘us’ begins with asking questions of our hearts

Aurelio Dorris

If you want to change the world, get over yourself

Lindsay Levin

The missing piece in the climate change puzzle: the media

​Donnachadh McCarthy

Looking for a more fulfilling career? Try staying put.

Anita Hoffmann

Watch our new video

Promised lands: six days in Israel and Palestine

Louise Smith

2018 Open Quest schedule

Leaders’ Quest recognised for excellence in leadership development

McGraw Hill Education

Changing the system from the bottom up

Jules Peck

Managing our energy to make a difference

Laurie Coe

‘Two truths living together with dignity’: Confronting doubt in Israel and Palestine

Koy Thomson

Building bridges in coal country

Gidi Grinstein

Finding courage on the streets of Mumbai

Douglas Board

Lindsay Levin talks business evolution at KIN Global

Leaders’ Quest

A short history of leadership theories

Leaders’ Quest

Transforming corporate culture for a changing world

Leaders’ Quest

Cuba Quest six months on: The journey continues

Debbie Forster

Lindsay Levin’s must watch grad speech

Leaders’ Quest

An interview with CEO of Barclays UK, Ashok Vaswani

Barclays

‘My transformation was really a recollection of my truest self’: Reflections from Kenya

Chad Rochkind

​Simon Hampel on the Business Elevation Show, hosted by Chris Cooper

Clover Hogan

The power of storytelling for business engagement on sustainability

Zoë Arden

A momentous journey behind mint-tinted mojito glasses

Natasha Parekh

Cuba asks us what it means to evolve

Melanie Katzman

The Kasbah has been rocked, but the transition continues

Nigel Topping

BSR Conference 2016: Be Bold Series

Lindsay Levin

Single but not solitary: campaigning our way to progress

Sukanya Kar

Shining lights in the darkest places

AIG executives visit Detroit to meet with nonprofits and entrepreneurs

AIG

Reinventing the 21st century car: Daimler executives explore agility on three continents

Daimler

Lindsay Levin interview: The Business of Giving

Caroline Smith

BankingFutures: building a healthy banking sector

Anne Wade & Sophia Tickell

Regaining focus, energy and purpose at Climate Quest 2016

Melanie Jamieson

Kenya’s answer to Silicon Valley

Sayo Ayodele

Feeding the world with global food conglomerate Cargill

Cargill

The positive power of capital: integrating profit with purpose

Actis

Leadership for a resilient world: Climate Quest, London, July 2016

Melanie Jamieson

Creating products that can transform lives

P&G

Anjum’s fellowship story

Shivi Dwivedi

Abandoned women and widows break the silence

Lisa Smith

A lockdown and a ray of hope: reflections from a day of prepping for a Quest in New York

Mihika Tewari

Our practices at Leaders’ Quest

Lindsay Levin

Cuba: a country on the brink of what exactly?

Giles Goodhead

Why astute CEOs must pay attention to employees’ mental health

Geoff McDonald

Lindsay Levin interview: “we’re all the same”

Richard Roberts

Breaking barriers – spoken and unspoken

Natasha Parekh

Faces of Fellowship

Lisa Smith

The best cup of coffee in Nairobi

Fiona Napier

Songman: the heart of the solution

Louise Smith

Watch Nigel Topping on how the diplomacy of love enabled success at COP21

Richard Roberts

Breaching the dam

Lisa Smith

Lindsay Levin’s Compassion X talk at TEDX

Lindsay Levin

Banking on trust: launch of BankingFutures report

Anne Wade & Sophia Tickell

One afternoon in Mumbai

Lisa Smith

From India to Africa: a Quest to reduce food loss

Giles Goodhead

The case for Compassion X: Bridging the gap between cleverness and wisdom

Lindsay Levin

“So, what is it you do, exactly?”

Lindsay Levin

Former Quest Fellow Mumtaz Shaikh named one of BBC 100 Women of 2015

Shivi Dwivedi

Nobel Laureate talks about Compassion X

Fiona Sinclair

“You’re the man now, dog: Grey-haired execs and millennials collaborate to change the world”

Melanie Katzman

Seven social entrepreneurs on a mission to make agriculture sexy again

Ben Fraser

Leading culture change from within

Only we can change our story

Bringing dignity to Mumbai’s homeless

Ben Fraser

Three Horizons: the patterning of hope

Bill Sharpe

The power of autonomy at work

Sarah Johnson

Avoiding climate Armageddon: a challenge for all leaders

Paul Laudicina

Business is next to love

NK Chaudhary

China on my mind

Melanie Katzman

Who is Kailash Satyarthi?

Luis Miranda

Alleviating poverty and generating livelihoods in rural Maharashtra

Collaborating with the Rockefeller Foundation to enable systemic change

The Rockefeller Foundation

Combatting domestic violence in Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia

How Sahadeo helped over 200 Basod families treble their earnings

Improving education, reducing crime and mobilising his community to work together

Warrior queen of Govandi dump and vital cog in the wheel that turns Mumbai

Empowering the next generation of leaders at a global media company

UBM

Why intent is critical in bringing about change

Luis Miranda

My ‘Food Quest’ with Rockefeller

Thomas Odenwald

Using technology to help the world run better

SAP

Meet Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre

Sayo Ayodele