Vladimir Mau acts as mentor during Leaders of Russia superfinal

30 May 2022
Vladimir Mau acts as mentor during Leaders of Russia superfinal

May 27 and 28 were evaluation days of the Leaders of Russia superfinal. The participants in the national management competition, a project on the Russia –Land of Opportunity presidential platform, competed in a series of events and met with the competition mentors to discuss the growth of various industries in our country.

On May 28, the teams were to solve cases proposed by their mentors and based on real managerial challenges that leaders in the regions and at the federal level have to address. For example, the contestants discussed ways to increase the birth rate in Russia; ways to align personal aspirations and happiness with nationwide goals and the country’s social and economic development; ways to stimulate import substitution; ways to promote non-commodity exports; and many other issues that are relevant for modern Russia.

Rector of the Presidential Academy Vladimir Mau commented on the case he proposed to the superfinalists.

“The contestants were to come up with ideas about organizing 15-20 entities scattered across the country as a single powerful nationwide network, and not just organize their interaction, but also promote shared corporate culture. In a rapidly changing world, a uniform corporate culture, a shared understanding of corporate values ​​and mission is extremely important. This is not a task that can be solved at the level of slogans. It requires painstaking work with the management and ordinary employees. The Leaders of Russia superfinalists have suggested some fascinating ideas, considerations and approaches, both conventional and out-of-the-box,” Vladimir Mau said.

Other mentors prepared and presented their own cases that had to do with the development of Russian regions and various industries. The mentors included Governor of the Samara Region Dmitry Azarov, Chair of the Federation Council Committee on the Budget and Financial Markets Anatoly Artamonov, General Director and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov, Member of the Board, First Deputy General Director of RusHydro Roman Berdnikov, Deputy Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Andrey Betin, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia Ruslan Vesterovsky, Chairman of the Board, General Director of Gazprom Neft Alexander Dyukov, General Director of Splat Global Yevgeny Dyomin; First Deputy General Director, Director of Development and International Business of Rosatom State Corporation Kirill Komarov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on State Development and Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, Head of the Russian Popular Front Executive Committee Mikhail Kuznetsov, Director for Research of the National Research University Higher School of Economics Yaroslav Kuzminov, Presidential Aide Igor Levitin, Chairman of the State Duma Budget and Tax Committee Andrey Makarov, Governor of the Novgorod Region Andrey Nikitin, Presidential Aide Maxim Oreshkin, Head of Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia) business association, Chairman of the Board of Directors of R-Pharm group Alexey Repik, General Director, Chairman of the Board of Rosseti Andrey Ryumin, Deputy Minister of Health Oleg Salagay, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Development of Territories Sergey Stepashin, Chairman of the Board of Bank DOM.RF, Member of the Board, Deputy General Director of DOM.RF Artyom Fedorko, Minister of Digital Development, Telecommunications and Mass Media Maksut Shadayev, Head of the Talent and Success foundation Yelena Shmeleva, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Central Federal District Igor Shchegolev, and Deputy State Duma Speaker Irina Yarovaya.

Pavel Bezruchko, Chairman of the Leaders of Russia Expert Council, Managing Partner of ECOPSY Consulting, shared some of the innovations used during the fourth edition of the competition. “In this superfinal of the fourth Leaders of Russia season, we used something known as immersive assessment. All assignments were hyper-realistic. For example, in one of the cases, the participants acted as a management team of a region suffering from a man-made accident. The contestants were to launch relief efforts relying on real-life data and instructions from the rescue services. To make the setting closer to the real thing, alarms went off in the room, it filled with simulated smoke and PPE was distributed. Active Emergency Ministry officers and anti-crisis specialists helped us analyze the participants’ actions,” he explained.

He added that winners of previous Leaders of Russia seasons were helping the experts in organizing the games. Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Urals Federal District Vladimir Yakushev, Governor of the Magadan Region Sergey Nosov and other mentors had sideline meetings with the contestants.

The superfinalists have shared their emotions and impressions of spending time with their mentors and with each other. For them, the superfinal is about networking, about getting to know successful and result-driven people, meeting with ambitious and dedicated managers from around Russia. On the other hand, this competition is also a chance to figure out their strengths and weaknesses. They are open to the world and new knowledge, and ready to hear different points of view.

The Leaders of Russia superfinal included 300 people from 56 Russian regions and six other countries – Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, Estonia, France and the United Arab Emirates. To make it to the superfinal, they had to win one of the seven competition tracks: 126 contestants represented the Business and Industry track, 87, Public Administration, 37, Information Technology, 18, Science, 14, Culture, 11, Healthcare, and seven, the International track. 

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