Executive Leadership

We believe that there are some key characteristics of great leadership throughout the business and it is these behaviours that determine and underpin the necessary role modelling, as well as making sure that core leadership strengths are developed across the group.

The only position in the business that has no preparatory training or development whatsoever is the CEO. The most important and probably the most challenging job in the business, and on Day One, it is all brand new to the new incumbent, and there is no one around to show them what needs to be done.

It is the role that rarely has an appropriate job description and even rarer is there any form of handover. Far too often the opportunity presents itself rather suddenly and for whoever is approached, it is very hard to turn down.

Through his renowned executive leadership development programme, René has acquired a reputation for providing first hand advice and support for a series of successful CEOs in the Fortune 500, FTSE 100 and all around the world. Many may claim to have worked at the ‘sharp end’ with many CEOs, but in actual fact very few have. He has worked closely with Jim Yong Kim – President of The World Bank, Antony Jenkins – CEO Barclays Bank, Mario Greco – CEO Generali and Maria Ramos – CEO Absa Bank, and hardly any can match his sustained track record of success.

There is no universal solution or approach for supporting a CEO, as each one is as individual as their fingerprints. It is without a doubt, the toughest job in the world, but it is also the best job in the world.
René acquires case studies and stories from the frontline and first hand. There are exciting adventures, emotional anecdotes and enough drama to excite any audience. René delivers learning wrapped up as never to be forgotten stories told by a master storyteller. You will want to hear them again and again

Executive Speaker René Carayol

René Carayol has worked with many leading blue chip businesses around the world, acquiring a reputation for being able to deliver seemingly complex theories and strategies in a straightforward and compelling manner. His specialist areas are Leadership, Culture and Inclusion.

René has an outstanding track record of helping businesses achieve their potential through raising the spirits and morale of their people, by equipping them with the confidence to have the necessary courageous conversations to better navigate the cultural transformation taking place across businesses.

René has a solid track record of getting the best out of all he interviews, and facilitates. He has a no-nonsense style mixed in with strong sense of humour enabling him to get under the skin of all who sit before him, this is part of what makes him such a successful executive speaker. He ensures that the audience gets the ‘golden nuggets’ of both insights and experience from their time together.


Executive Leadership Retreat

The executive leadership retreat provides practical case studies, lessons and insights for all those involved in delivering a more inclusive experience for all. It is essential that all voices are heard and every attendee is fully engaged in the discussions and workshops.

René will provide inspirational insights and compelling case studies that will fuel robust debate that will lift the attendees’ sights and inject them with the passion and spirit to enthuse all they work with.

These sessions will be in plenary.

After René’s opening keynote (if appropriate) which addresses Inclusion Leadership (D&I) in his inimitable style and provoke and inspire the audience, he will facilitate a highly interactive and fun Q&A session. This will be followed by a networking break with refreshments. The attendees will be buzzing from the provocative and challenging keynote.