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Johannesburg skyline.

Johannesburg, South Africa.

Barclays’ Transform journey took centre stage in Group Chief Executive Antony Jenkins’ presentation to the 2013 One Young World Summit in Johannesburg.

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Leaders must be relentless; things go wrong and you have to pick yourself up and go forward when they do.
Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive

Speaking to an audience of 1,300 potential young leaders gathered to debate and formulate solutions for the world’s pressing issues, Antony underlined the need for leaders to lead and go beyond just looking at the short-term.

He said large organisations should acknowledge they must not only serve their stakeholders but also broader society.

Sharing his thoughts on leadership, Antony offered guidance to help the delegates define their own leadership style:

  1. Leaders have to be authentic – all actions must be guided by their ambition
  2. Leaders must be relentless – things go wrong and you have to pick yourself up and go forward when they do.

Ending his speech, Antony made it clear that it is not the responsibility of only the delegates and young people around the world to improve the issues facing today’s world; rather, it must be a collective effort from all generations and organisations, large and small, to make the world a better place.

Barclays breakout sessions

Antony and Maria Ramos, CEO of Barclays Africa Group, went on to meet with delegates to discuss a variety of topics and support them as they made commitments to One Young World and their local communities.

Throughout the summit, Barclays also held breakout sessions on:

  1. How to deliver social impact in a large corporation
  2. Banking on Change – session on our partnership with Plan UK and CARE International UK that aims to help around 400,000 people in 11 countries by developing access to basic financial services
  3. Community visit in Johannesburg – delegates went out to see the difference community activities have made in Johannesburg.

Feedback on the sessions was very positive. An attendee said: “I went to the Barclays session on change in large corporations. I’m a student and it was fascinating to see that people are facing the same issues that I face with my institution. It was extremely relevant content. Claudia Gwinnutt, (International Associate at Barclays) was fantastic sharing her experiences on driving change.”

This is Barclays’ first year as sponsor of One Young World. The organisation will continue to work with the charity to support delegate commitments and drive an outstanding agenda for the 2014 summit in Dublin.

Find out more about One Young WorldFind out more about One Young World (new window)
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