Mr Tony Dickel
Country Director, China and Hong Kong
The Potential Project


Mr Tony Dickel is the Country Director for Potential Project Greater China. He is one of the leading executive coaches and corporate trainers in the region having several thousand hours of training and coaching experience at leadership level. Tony is accomplished with helping leaders create the conditions for exceptional leadership performance through helping cultivate focus, resilience and well-being, leading to agile and adaptive mindsets.

Tony has held Board level positions within the Investment Banking, Consulting and Consumer sectors over a period of more than 20 years and is able to use the language of organisational leadership to inspire leaders around the need for personal and cultural transformation.

As an experienced executive coach and trainer / examiner of professional coaches, Tony also heads up the leading training organisation for professional executive transformational coaches in the region. He is immediate past president of the Hong Kong International Coaching Community, Past President of the International Coach Federation and is an examiner for both the International Coach Federation and for the European Mentoring and Coaching Community. He also teaches part time on the Executive Coaching Masters program for HKU (SPACE).

Apart from his Coaching and Mindfulness accreditations at the highest level, Tony also has a Degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College London (specialising in "Neurochemistry") and Holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling.

Speech Title and Synopsis

The Mind of the Leader

The Mind of the Leader, published by Harvard Business Review Press, is based on Potential Project's extensive research of over 35,000 leaders and 250 C-level executives. It concludes that organisations and leaders aren't meeting employees' basic human needs of finding meaning, purpose, connection, and genuine happiness in their work: 77% of leaders think they do a good job at engaging their people while 88% of employees disagree. 65% of employees would forego a pay raise to see their leaders fired. This is despite more than $46 billion spent annually on leadership development - in the US alone.

To solve this leadership crisis, organizations need to put people at the centre of their strategy. They need to develop managers and executives who lead with three core mental qualities: Mindfulness, Selflessness, and Compassion – as a way of being.

With real world inspirational examples from Marriott, Accenture, McKinsey, and more, The Mind of the Leader shows how this new way of thinking about leadership is creating profound success in today's tumultuous world.

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