i2i founder Michael Finnigan, who is known for his unconventional approach, will share his leadership secrets, taken from two decades spent mentoring figures like the Dalai Lama.

BusinessCloud has teamed up with Themis and CascadeGo HR software for our latest breakfast event at Burnley College about the art of leadership and where the leaders of the future are coming from.

From the boardroom to the sports field; from politics to health; from education to the emergency services; strong leadership can be the difference between success and failure.

For anyone who thinks that there’s only one way to be a good leader, Finnigan’s outside-the-box approach might surprise them.

We asked him some of the questions that BusinessCloud and Themis' 'The Secret of Leadership' breakfast event will tackle.

  1. What makes a good leader? “Vision, decisiveness, courage, energy, ambition, care, toughness.”
  2. Are you born a natural leader or is it something you learn? “Born with it, then learn to harness it."
  3. Do age and gender make a difference when it comes to leadership? "Not one Jot! The more diversity the better.”

Finnigan has taught all over the world and considers himself privileged to have either met or worked with (or against) famous figures, from the Dalai Lama to Sir Alex Ferguson, and Nelson Mandela, to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

However he mostly works with the world's most famous businesses, including the world's greatest ever customer service rated organisation since 1999, helping them all understand how to unleash the power lying dormant and untapped within their people.

He has also written two books, the latest, 'they did; you can', aimed at inspiring and helping young people all over the world to daringly create and successfully pursue their dreams.

The free event will take place on September 27th 07.30-9.30am at Burnley College. Register your place now.

Other speakers include: Jonathan Wall, controller, Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra; Kirsty Styles, head of talent and skills, Tech North; Dominic McGregor, COO, Social Chain; David Beharall, ex Newcastle United and founder of CandidSky; Phillipa Winter, Chief Informatics Officer, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust Direct; Hugh Bramwell, chief executive, Themis / principal, Burnley College; Michelle Rothwell, founder, Watch This Space; and William Fletcher, managing director, Recycling Lives.