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Leading with Purpose, Fuelling Leadership Impact: A Fireside Chat with Sonia Gupta, Global Head Leadership Development at Diageo

“Your leadership purpose is who you are and what makes you distinctive. Its not what you do, it is how you do your job and why” (Craig & Snook)

There is a clear business case that where employees feel they can bring their whole selves to work and live their personal purpose, they are more engaged, committed and impactful and this is ever growing, as we reset our ways of working and values post COVID.

Sonia Gupta, Global Head Leadership Development at Diageo explains Diageo's personal leadership purpose is the key to enabling everyone to authentically navigate the ever increasingly complex environment whilst bringing greater impact, focus and wellbeing to both theirs selves and those around us.

But developing and living your leadership purpose is an evolutionary journey – it can take years and takes committed actions every day

This chat from the 2023 Employee Engagement Summit explored why leadership purpose is important and how you can develop and live your purpose.


Sonia Gupta

Sonia Gupta

Diageo Global Head, Leadership Development
Sonia is a highly experienced global leader, with deep expertise in leading value-driven, transformational organsiational change programmes in culture, talent and leadership development. Her unique background of management consulting and industry roles across different cultures and sectors has inspired her to bring creativity and curiosity to diverse teams to achieve extraordinary business results.
Charlotte Dahl

Charlotte Dahl

Woodreed Creative Planning Director
Charlotte is a director at specialist advertising agency Woodreed. She's an accomplished speaker, writer and facilitator, with a unique view on employee engagement and internal communications, having spent equal parts of her career in consumer, then employee communications. Having worked for clients spanning every industry sector, including Marks & Spencer, The National Lottery, Volkswagen Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Guinness World Records and the NHS, she brings the rigour of consumer marketing into internal communications. She is passionate about raising the profile, standards and effectiveness of internal communication, believing employees AND customers deserve the same reverence, effort and creativity in communication. Appearing on stages at home and abroad, she's talked for senior leadership summits and in-house teams as well as for the CIPD, Institute of Internal Communications, Engage for Success and at ABTA's travel convention in Malta. She's a regular chair for Engage Business Media's events and delivers training for the IoIC.

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