'Barry is unique in his ability to combine a deep understanding of leadership with an approach devoid of egotism'
Stephanie Hilborne OBE
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Over the last forty years, during which I have worked for a small charity, for a giant corporation, and for the last fifteen years or so running my own business, I have had the opportunity to study first hand many leaders and experience many leadership styles. I have worked for and worked with, leaders who have inspired me, some mediocre ones, some who have driven me to despair and one or two who have frankly terrified me.
From these countless experiences I have learned that although leaders come in all shapes and sizes and lead in many different styles, there are certain consistent traits that I have observed in the most effective of leaders.
Meet Mary, a fictional character that I have developed in order to share and to demonstrate these traits. 'Marys' exist at all levels in organisations, this is not just about those in the most senior roles. 'Marys' also exist in the world outside work, in families, within communities. What unites the 'Marys' I meet is that they are authentic, they gain the right and ability to lead not from the position they hold but because of who they are.
In ‘Lead Like Mary’, first published in 2014, I explore the ten traits that Mary strives every day to demonstrate, those which make Mary an effective leader. I explore some of the principles that lie behind each trait, providing signposts to further reading from a variety of sources. I also try to give you the opportunity for self reflection.
Buy the book and explore with me traits such as being values-led and courageous, trusting and trustworthy, and being relentless.
As I work with a new generation of leaders emerging everywhere, in all kinds of organisations, large and small, across all sectors, I increasingly come across leaders who strive to lead like Mary. They are part of a more principled, more authentic, less self-serving leadership evolution.
I do hope you will join me on an amazing leadership journey
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