July 8, 2020

S2 Ep. 17 Leadership through crisis: Empathy in action

From the wildfires that devastated Australia in January to the murder of George Floyd in May to the on-going global pandemic, there’s no question that 2020 has seen more than its fair share of tragedies. During times of crisis, we instinctively look for leadership that provides a sense of security, clarity in communication and empathetic action. The problem is that many leaders lack the skills necessary to respond effectively during times of crisis. In this special three-part series of “Take a Moment,” hosts Nathan Bennett and Mari Yamaguchi explore which characteristics are vital to lead individuals and organizations through unprecedented tragedy. In this first episode, the hosts sit down with Genesys CEO Tony Bates to discuss why empathy is more crucial now than ever for leaders, corporations and humanity.

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Tony Bates

Chief Executive Officer, Genesys

Tony leads the company’s strategy, direction and operations in more than 100 countries and oversees a global team of more than 5,000 employees. Tony has decades of experience steering business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies through major market transitions and rapid scaling. Once Skype was acquired by Microsoft, Tony became president where he was responsible for unified communications before serving as executive vice president of business development and developers. In addition to his role at Genesys, Tony will continue to serve on the board of directors at both VMWare and eBay.

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