Exclusive Interview with Michael Møller UN Under-Secretary-General, DG of the UN Office, Geneva

by Sangeeta Haindl
Nov 10, 2016 8:00 AM ET
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I recently attended the art exhibition, ‘Ultimately Human: The Leaders and the Led,’ by the very talented and renowned artist, Ross Rossin, held at the United Nations in Geneva. The show was opened by Michael Møller, Director-General (DG) of the UN and had the opportunity to interview him about business and global leadership, ethics, the spirit of humanity and the challenges ahead facing the planet. The DG warns us that we are running out of time — Sangeeta Haindl

SH: What do you think are the necessary qualities for a world leader and a successful business leader? Are there any common qualities?

MM: “First of all, a leader has to be able to lead and needs to have a strong ethical foundation. He or she is somebody who is empathetic, has good people skills and an understanding of diversity of all human beings. This cannot be someone locked into their own culture. This is a someone who can inspire and who has a connection between wellbeing for those you lead. There are lots of common traits between business leaders and politicians or any other kinds of leaders.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on women and children; sustainability; climate change; social enterprise and social entrepreneurs. She has a particular interest in India. She is the founder of Serendipity PR, in London, UK, where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She has been appointed to the Women In Enterprise Taskforce and was until recently chairman of London's leading conscious well-being organisation, Alternatives, which hosts leading speakers such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch and many other well-known names. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer; enjoying helping others, paying it forward and being a mum.