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Our societies today are confronted with disruptive change.

Climate change, digitalization, mass migration, and economic inequality are some examples. These disruptive changes not only create challenges, they also invite us to innovate and think outside of the box.

Values-based banks use finance as a tool to address these challenges. Leaders in values-based banks need to develop the capacity to work with these disruptions in positive and innovative ways.

To help leaders develop these skills, the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, in collaboration with the Presencing Institute and the MIT Community Innovators Lab, has launched a leadership development program: the GABV Leadership Academy.


Leading in Times of Disruption is an online program with five sessions, each combined with individual and peer coaching sessions for the participating leaders. The program will run from June to September 2020. Key objectives of the program are:

  • Learn and practice tools and methods on how to lead in times of disruption: based on Theory U, developed at the MIT Sloan School of Business, participants deepen their leadership skills on “Leading from an Emerging Future.”
  • Create a safe and credible space in which GABV member institutions can, together, deepen their understanding of the systemic forces that underpin the coronavirus disruption.
  • Prototype solutions that can enable their institution to survive the impact of the pandemic and position themselves to thrive post- crisis.
  • Enable participants to acquire and strengthen the leadership capabilities and practices needed to successfully ride the impact of the coronavirus-instigated storm and disruption.


The Leadership Academy is built around the Theory U method of leadership development. Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from.

Theory U is both a framework for innovation and a method for leading profound change.

You can learn more about Theory U on the Presencing Institute website.


The program combines five online modules with cross organizational group coaching and individual coaching with the facilitators in between the modules.

Please note sessions one, three and five will be intense and run over 1.5 days. These long sessions will be virtually hosted by a GABV member bank.

Sessions two and four will be 2 hours long.

Each of the five sessions has three parts:

  1. Frameworks and concepts
  2. Practices and tools
  3. Engagement and dialogue

Examples of session topics are:

Session I:  June 4 + 5, 2020 Co-initiating – Seeing current reality

  • Core capabilities of what it takes to lead in times of disruption.
  • How to mobilise what it takes to respond to a crisis
  • Leading in times of disruption: intentional leadership
  • Four levels of listening and dialogue
  • Core framework of values-based banking
  • Understanding impact
  • Business Cases of GABV member banks
  • Application

Individual Coaching or Case Clinic with peers (alternate between sessions)

Session II: June 19, 2020 Co-Sensing – Leaning into the Emerging Future

  • How to see the systemic forces of crisis with fresh eyes
  • Sense-making of what has emerged
  • Innovating values-based banking
  • Cultivating quality of Attention & Mindfulness
  • Basic rules for effectively working online
  • Values-based business models
  • Application

Individual Coaching or Case Clinic with peers (alternate between sessions)

Session III:  July 2 + 3, 2020 Co-Inspiring – Deep Dive into the Leadership Journey

  • How to awaken our sources of creativity and generativity
  • Journaling and solo
  • Leading values-based organizations
  • Eco-system leadership for impact
  • The future of finance
  • My leadership intention: defining the north start of my leadership
  • Application

Individual Coaching or Case Clinic with peers (alternate between sessions)

Session IV: September 10, 2020 Co-Prototyping – Practice and Performance, Rehearsing the Future

  • Identification of prototypes for tackling the challenge
  • Prototyping bootcamp
  • Application

Individual Coaching or Case Clinic with peers (alternate between sessions)

Session V: September 23+34, 2020 Co-Evolving – Grow Innovations and Eco-Systems

  • Review and presentation of prototypes and harvesting lessons
  • How to move from experimentation to institutionalising
  • From ego- to ecosystem economics
  • Eco-system finance

 If the situation allows, we will add an in-person session in the future.



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