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Former Microsoft senior executive, John Wood, Re-imagines Leadership

19 Mar 2013

Former Microsoft senior executive, John Wood, turned his back on one of history's most successful corporations in order to "change the world". John Wood, like the University of Sydney Business School, had decided that the time was right to revaluate the meaning of leadership.

Appropriately, John Wood will this week become the first global figure to deliver a Leadership Re-imagined breakfast lecture on the Business School's new CBD Campus, at 133 Castlereagh Street.

After leaving Microsoft in 1999, John Wood established Room to Read, an education based not for profit organisation that has now changed the lives of around seven million children in the developing world. He tells his story in the books Leaving Microsoft to Change the World and the just published Creating Room to Read.

"John Wood has used the skills and talents developed during a successful corporate career with Microsoft to build an organisation that has transformed the lives of millions," said the Business School's MBA Director, Associate Professor Nick Wailes. "He will not only share his story with us but will also challenge the audience to think about how as leaders they are going to help create better outcomes for their organisations and society as a whole."

"At the University of Sydney Business School, leadership has become the key focus of our management programs, including our MBA, which began only weeks ago," Associate Professor Wailes added.

John Wood said he was confident that the Leadership Re-imagined series of lecture would help to identify a new vision for leadership. "These lectures will provide participants with an opportunity to join an increasingly important debate around leadership," he said.