Do the many unforeseen or ‘unthinkable’ developments since 2014 onwards reveal significant failings of modern leadership?
Thinking The Unthinkable is a rolling, ongoing, dynamic investigation into why leaders have appeared more unable or unwilling than ever to anticipate the biggest issues of our time. Since 2014 these have included the new assertiveness of President Putin’s Russia, the rise of so-called ‘Islamic state’ the sudden oil price crash, growing cyber-vulnerability, and the exponential growth in mass migration and people movements.
We started our investigation in 2015, under the Churchill 2015 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme. It was set up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death. It was a time when many were asking if contemporary leadership matches that of Sir Winston during World War Two. Our “Thinking The Unthinkable” inquiry began as part of the Churchill15 Programme. It has since developed its own dynamic.