Starting Tuesday, the global corporate elite will converge at the World Economic Forum in the idyllic Swiss town of Davos to discuss the big issues of the day. This year, the big issues seem to have gotten even bigger. They include the consequences of Brexit, changes in the economy and society brought on by globalization, the political crises in Syria, Ukraine and Turkey, and the ominous rise of global populism.
After a week of talks, these leading politicians and managers of global corporations will leave Davos with the positive feeling of having had productive discussions and making new connections.
But for the rest of us, that isn’t enough.
In the midst of global disorder and turmoil, the world needs corporate leaders with poise; leaders who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty or to take a stand; leaders who take their employees’ fears of the effects of globalization and digitization seriously; leaders who search for solutions and do not shy away from political debates in the vain hope that governments will somehow fix everything.