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About the Author: Steve Charlton
After 20 years in leadership roles, I’ve done the job, walked in your shoes.When I left the corporate world after two decades I wanted to do more than simply become another consultant – I read the testimonials from my many colleagues and the common thread was the value placed on my leadership style and approach. I realised my vision was right there…to challenge the current notion of leadership.I created the REAL. Leadership consultancy and started working with smaller companies to gain more experience of the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur. Along with my colleagues, I now believe we have the full picture of how leaders should operate from start-up through to big industry. Regardless of the size of your business, how you act as a person AND leader every minute of every day will impact how your organisation grows over the coming months.I spent 24 years in the world of consumer research and trends, constantly watching what people are doing and thinking, I’m proven in terms of commercial results – loving nothing more than winning against the odds! I am as tough and competitive as the next person, but I have a naturally empathetic leadership style, dedicated to the people I work with.The global pandemic that took hold in March has highlighted the lack of strong leadership in the world. Who is really standing out in this crisis? Who are people turning to for inspiration or support? Leaders who haven’t been genuine from the start, in all parts of society, are now being challenged…I’m very aware that I don’t have all the answers, but I am crystal clear on the role a leader plays in achieving long-lasting and real success for any business. My aim is to create a network of like-minded people to bring about REAL leadership change and make this happen.