The Better Leadership Forum

The Better Leadership Forum is a series of four events, hosted by LIFT Ireland throughout 2021 with the aim of instigating a high-profile public debate on leadership. Each event will focus on leadership in four key sectors of Irish life: the media, politics, business, the public sector.
At each event, national and international representatives from each sector will join a high-profile MC to discuss what good leadership looks like, how to cultivate it, and the benefits of building leadership skills across Irish life.
Register for the first Event here
Event 1: ‘Leadership in the Media: A Two-Way Street?’ 
Thursday, 15th April, 1-2pm
The first event in The Better Leadership Forum will take place online with great lineup of media representatives and experts, who will share their thoughts on leadership in the media

Topics to be explored will include: 

  • The role of the media in calling out good and bad leadership. 
  • Leadership within media organisations themselves – can / do the media speak truth to power? 
  • The role of the media in promoting positivity during difficult times.  
  • Accountability, honesty, respect and integrity within the media.   
  • The importance of press freedom and an independent and well-functioning media sector.  
  • How the media influence public sentiment on leadership.   


  • Professor Kevin Rafter, Head of the School of Communications at DCU. A former journalist, Professor Rafter is also currently Chair of the Arts Council and Chair of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.


  • Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman, author and former journalist and broadcaster.
  • Emma Dabiri, Author, broadcaster and social historian. Emma currently co-presents Britain’s Lost Masterpieces on BBC4 and Virtually Historyon YouTube Originals.
  • Ian Kehoe, Editor of The Currency, former Editor of the Sunday Business Post, Deputy Chair of the RTÉ Board.
  • Sinéad O’Carroll is the Editor of The Journal, where she has worked for the past decade. She is also a regular presenter and contributor on national television and radio current affairs and news programmes.
  • Rapporteur
    • Professor Niamh Brennan, the Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin and Founder/Academic Director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance.
Book your place at the Better Leadership Forum Here
Upcoming Better Leadership Forums:
Event Two – June 2021: Political Leadership 
 ‘How do we cultivate good political leaders?’ 
Event Three – October 2021: Business Leadership 
 What does business leadership really mean?’  


Event Four – December 2021: Public Sector Leadership 
Leadership in the Public Sector’ 


Learn more about LIFT By joining one of our free online leadership sessions here

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