27 Nov Leaders looking for ‘purpose’
During the tenth edition of LEADERSMEETING@PARIS, several leaders and politicians discussed about the quest for ‘purpose’ in what is called the ‘purpose economy’. Business leaders of today agree: a company must be meaningful for its employees and society. But how do you do that?
The young entrepreneur Zhong Yuan Xu, co-founder and CEO of Deliverect, is convinced that if you start with a startup, your company is the goal in itself. An entrepreneur would like to have an impact on his sector, he says.
“The purpose of a company lays never in the destination, but in the journey itself. If you really want to make something useful for people, you also have to evolve constantly.”
– Zhong Yuan Xu, co-founder and CEO of Deliverect
Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, full professor of climatology and sustainable development sciences at the UCL, states that the purpose of companies should be about keeping our planet livable.
“People and companies that pollute our planet and thus destroy it, should also pay a high financial price for this.”
– Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, full professor of climatology and sustainable development sciences UCL
It is clear that purpose will play an essential role in the further development of our economy and our society as a whole. Politicians and entrepreneurs are therefore faced with the great challenge of being effectively valuable on all fronts.
But purpose can also be found in man himself. Something that ‘sorrow doctor’ and psychiatrist Dirk De Wachter, Minister of Public Health and Social Affairs Maggie De Block and serial entrepreneur Dirk De Wachter focussed on duringtheir speech at LEADERSMEETING@PARIS. They believe that purpose lies within the happiness of people and employees. That is why Minister De Block wants to continue to work on the fight against burnouts, and on the taboo around it.
“If you have a gap in your resume, it’s better to say that you have been sailing for a year than saying that you did not feel well psychologically for a while. Among employers, we have to get rid of this taboo about depression.”–
– Maggie De Block, Minister of Public Health and Social Affairs
All present leaders agreed unanimously during the tenth edition of LEADERSMEETING@PARIS that our society is more than ever aware of its ecological footprint, socio-economic challenges, and the importance of well-being and happiness. For entrepreneurs, this means that they have to attach even more importance to corporate social responsibility, the significance of their products and services and the well-being of their employees.