Curiosity, empathy and values are three of the most important qualities needed in a leader according to Tesco CEO, Dave Lewis, who visited Nottingham to talk about leadership at an Institute of Directors and Nottingham Business School event.
He was joined at the by James Sproule, IoD Chief Economist and Director of Policy, who spoke about banking, borrowing and tax, and gave an optimistic view of the UK’s economic future. Ron Lynch, IoD East Midlands regional director, welcomed local business leaders and students to the event.
Mr Lewis – who is an NBS alumnus – was interviewed by his former tutor and NBS principal lecturer, Dave Doughty, about his personal experiences in business, his inspirations, his desire for new challenges and his passion for developing people. Lewis, who has been CEO of Tesco for two years, was the first ever student from a then Polytechnic to be accepted on the graduate scheme at Unilever, where he went on to work for 27 years across various departments located in a range of countries. Lewis' time there came in particularly handy when negotiating terms on Tesco's proposed price in Marmite prices.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Peck said how much Nottingham Trent University valued its partnership with the IoD and the active student membership scheme. Each year NTU sponsors 200 students to be part of the scheme.