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Reviews of  Lead Like Mary...


Stephanie Hilborne OBE

Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts



All the wisdom but none of the cheesiness normally associated with this topic.


Barry shares his comprehensive understanding of the key traits of great leaders with refreshing honesty and in an engaging personal way.  This is a book about a complex topic which is accessible, to the point and easy to read.  It feels like Barry is talking to you, not writing, and certainly not lecturing.   This book is an easy read, but the implications for all of us are far from easy.   This is not about him it is about us/you.  If you have never read a book about the key components of leadership before, start here.  It is relevant to all of us.  Whether you are just setting out on your career or have already progressed a long way into it I’d recommend reading this and using it to examine yourself honestly.  It takes courage to do this and to address what you see, but this is one of Barry’s key points, without courage none of us will change ourselves or the world for the better.


This concise but comprehensive short book captures the essence of other great thinkers and points us in their direction should we want to read more.  But if we all followed the mantras in this book there is little doubt we would be far far more effective as individuals, as organisations and as a society.  Barry brings his own wisdom and makes theory real.


All too often genuine wise words on leadership are undermined by the messenger’s style.  But in this book Barry uses straight forward language with no jargon and in his English way based on real experience he talks about the key components of true leadership



Hannah Apps

Senior Usability Manager


Barry is an evangelist of truly great leadership, his coaching and leadership material have not only helped transform my working career, but also what I have learnt continues to inspire me to strive to be a better leader than I was yesterday



Tim Mackrill

Osprey Leadership



A truly inspiring read.

Leaders at every level can learn a great deal from Mary



Andrew Higginson

Chairman, Morrisons Plc



I have known Barry for over 35 years. We started our leadership journeys together as elected student officers. I still refer back to a number of the lessons I learned back then as a well-meaning, but callow youth. Mainly lessons learned from the things I did wrong!  All these years later, after an executive career that included 15 years on the Board of Tesco plc, I agree with Barry when he says we still have so much to learn about effective leadership.


I enjoyed Barry's book. It is full of wisdom, but is approachable and easy to grasp. To do anything well requires thought, application and experience. Leadership is no different. Businesses require leaders throughout the organisation, and as Barry brings out, we have all worked with, and for plenty of people who lead badly! Lead Like Mary should make a useful contribution to trying to correct that all-too-common problem.





David Bernard

Managing Director


In the modern manufacturing environment there is a continuous improvement mantra associated with procedures and processes.  Sadly, the continuous improvement of leaders is not so well embraced.  


In ‘Lead Like Mary’ Barry has shared the observations and tools that he utilised to help guide me during my journey to becoming a better leader.


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A small sample of Amazon reviews received...

Sinead Martin - Charity Director  



Lead like Mary is the most accessible and thought provoking book about Leadership I have read.

It demonstrates that leadership is not the responsibility of an elite few in the board room, rather a set of skills and an approach that can be demonstrated at every level of an organisation. Looking forward to Barry Dores next book 'Building a community'.