Leadership insights: trusted confidantes

When you’re at the top, what makes a good confidante?

You need people who provide the truth, are prepared to challenge you, as well as lend a helping hand. 


This video is provided by the Leadership Institute



Professor Randall S. Peterson, Academic Director of the Leadership Institute, presents the second in a series of illuminating films on leadership. In this film, exclusive interviews with recognised leaders reveal insights on what exactly makes someone a trusted confidante. 


Are desired qualities the same for Dame Nemat “Minouche” Shafik, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson? What do two successful London Business School alumni – David Pyott, former CEO of Allergan the maker of Botox and Michael Bolingbroke, CEO of Inter Milan, a powerhouse in Italian soccer – look for? 

Professor Peterson says: “It’s clear that having a confidante is essential to leadership success. The best confidantes are those closest to you to have a point of view, but far enough away to give you advice.” 

In the third film of the series, we ask: as a leader, what’s the best piece of advice you received?


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