ILA Podcast

Advancing Leadership in Peace and Security

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with Peter Cunningham and Patrick Sweet

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The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Alliance for Advancing Leadership in Peace and Security was formed to advance the practices of leading in public, private, non-profit organizations and civil society: especially those dedicated to advancing peace and security. The Leadership Alliance combines expertise in executive education for large, multi-level organizations with in-depth knowledge of peace and security issues and policy in an innovative formula for geopolitical, community, and international leadership development. Peter and Patrick, the GCSP co-leaders talk about their work to build leadership to promote global peace. They discuss their biggest concerns at this point in history and share some of the work they are focused on to improve peace in security leadership. They offer unique insight into how this partnership was formed, why they think it is a priority and how they are proceeding as an organization.

About the Guest

Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham is Co-Director GCSP-CCL Leadership Alliance – Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). He is the Founder and GCSP lead on Leadership Alliance strategy, implementation, program portfolio design and faculty delivery, in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Alliance Co-Director.
He is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to bridge the study of leadership with the practice of leading, especially at international level and across cultural, geo-graphical and organisational divides.
He brings over 15 years experience in adult education, leadership development and executive coaching combined with a passion for enabling individual growth and organisational change.
His research has contributed to the ongoing development of the coaching profession by exploring how coaching practices can increase the effectiveness of executive education and empower leaders.

Patrick Sweet, CCL lead on Leadership Alliance strategy, implementation, program portfolio design and faculty delivery, in partnership with the GCSP Alliance Co-director and GCSP teams.
Effective at engaging people to collaborate and make a difference where they(we) can, at work and in our communities. He sees the solving of ‘wicked problems’ as the driving force of humanity’s evolution. Our future requires that we succeed in reframing and transforming wicked problems into virtuous opportunities. This requires mobilizing vigilant collaboration, collective intelligence, integrity and creativity.
He is skilled at: Individual and organizational development for effectively leading teams and collectives. Mobilizing collective intelligence and value co-creation. Building bridges among diverse peoples and interests. Transforming ideas into action. Linking research and practice. Writing. Helping to weave historical, present and future events and trends into actionable vision, to co-create shared value.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf brings 30 years of experience and success in the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology. A regular contributor to, Metcalf has authored an award-winning book series on leadership and is the Founder & CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute. She is the host of an Innovating Leadership, a weekly international podcast that hit the airways in July 2015. As an ILA Fellow, Maureen partners with the International Leadership Associate on a series of global leadership podcasts within the show.