Inspired Leadership: Insights for Driving Remarkable Results


I had the pleasure of joining the PharmaVOICE 100 event in NYC, to celebrate some of my most successful clients as they were honored among the 100 most inspiring and innovative leaders in the pharmaceuticals space.

The event was attended by an impressive crowd of business leaders in the life sciences and related industries. The evening's kickoff consisted of the Executive Forum, a panel discussion led by Deborah Dunsire, CEO of Forum Pharmaceuticals. Among the panel participants were the following:
  • Jeffrey Aronin, Chairman & CEO, Marathon Pharmaceuticals
  • Deborah Dunsire, M.D., President and CEO, FORUM Pharmaceuticals
  • Rick Keefer, Global Chief Business Development Officer, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group
  • Leerom Segal, Co-Founder & CEO, Klick Inc. and Klick Health
  • Christi Shaw, US Country Head, President, Novartis Corp. & Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
The topic under discussion: Inspired Leadership. Each participant was asked to share his or her perspective and experiences... and a number of key themes clearly emerged.

Inspired leadership, according to these successful and passionate executives, eminates from (and further reinforces) the following:

Authenticity. Being real and genuine with the people you lead. Not pretending to be anyone or anything other than who you truly are.

Vulnerability. Being open and honest about yourself without pretense. Refusing to hide behind your title or your office walls.

Mission-Driven Culture. In the face of myriad challenges and obstacles on the path to success, the best leaders inspire engagement, passion and persistence by cultivating laser-focus on the mission. By continually focusing on the purpose of the work rather than the day-to-day tasks, extraordinary leaders ensure their employees bring their best to work every day, even in the face of daunting challenges.

Leadership at all Levels. Inspired leaders encourage and embrace leadership throughout their organizations. They recognize that remarkable leaders create more than just followers. They create more leaders. And they recognize that command-and-control leadership no longer works in today's organizations, in which success relies on collaboration, communication, innovation, and influence without direct authority.

Diversity. Embracing the opportunities presented in having a diverse workforce that bridges generational, ethnic, racial and gender lines. Inspired leaders recognize that it's not always easy to work with people who are different from oneself. Still, it's incredibly powerful to leverage the strengths and perspectives of a truly diverse set of individuals.

Relentless Pursuit of Excellence. Maintaining the status quo is no longer good enough. Inspired leaders recognize that if you aren't getting better, you're getting worse. Status quo leads to stagnation which leads to decline. By continually pursuing excellence, the organization remains vital, employees do their best and most creative work, innovation is the name of the game, and the entire organization thrives.

These are several key themes discussed by this panel of accomplished and dedicated pharmaceutical executives. As an expert in leadership and performance, working with some of the world's most successful business leaders, I give kudos to these savvy and insightful executives. They have their finger on the pulse of inspired leadership... the direct pathway to remarkable results.

All the best,  


Liz Bywater, PhD 
President, Bywater Consulting Group 
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