That leads me on to a sector where people are getting very excited, which is clean energy. I’ve had meetings with clients who clearly think this could take off in a big way very suddenly.
Governments could crack down quite quickly and heavily on providers of traditional, dirty energy rather than it being a gradual process.
It was interesting to see, in the eco-friendly context, that shares in a vegan burger maker went up 163% on their first day of trading in Wall Street****.
You would think that the person to lead a successful campaign on climate change might be someone in their forties in a position of political power, not a teenager.
But Greta Thunberg has caught the imagination. The 16-year-old from Sweden who started the “school strike for climate” movement now has international recognition and it will be very interesting to see how the agenda moves forward from here.
Leadership doesn’t always come from elected representatives. With their standing across the globe at an all-time low, there are people in different parts of the world coming through who are potentially filling the vacuum.
History is full of charismatic, inspirational figures who exerted great influence and change and Greta has the same quality.
Another example of great leadership is Jurgen Klopp, the manager who guided Liverpool to one of the most extraordinary comebacks in the history of football this month when his side overturned a three-goal deficit against Barcelona to reach the Champions League Final.
I’ve seen a wider world view in the context of Eton Bridge Partners too. I recently spoke to a client, from a fintech business, who said: “I’m always keen to see the candidates other companies overlook.”
Sometimes, the whole story isn’t told in a CV and it can be rewarding to think outside the box and dig a little deeper for the right qualities.