Lunch and Learn: How to lead for effect

Ian Kirkby
Ian KirkbyAspire Management Consultancy Ltd

Posted: Thu 7th Oct 2021

In this Lunch and Learn, Ian Kirkby explains why leadership is crucial to success, what a true leader does and four things outstanding leaders do exceptionally.

Ian is the founder of Aspire Management Consultancy, where he empowers leaders, teams and businesses to thrive in an ever more demanding and changing world.

Key takeaways from this session:

  • How to make sure your leadership is effective

  • How to build a sustainable source of competitive advantage

  • How to enjoy leading your business and team

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Ian Kirkby
Ian KirkbyAspire Management Consultancy Ltd
Via Aspire MCL, the company I formed in 2012, I empower leaders, teams and businesses to thrive in an ever more demanding and changing world by using coaching, mentoring, training and psychometric/behavioural assessments to help clients build a sustainable source of competitive advantage, and to enjoy doing so! I have a track record of success in a wide range of sectors and with organisations of diverse cultures. My focus is very much on practical application to help you realise opportunities and address challenges: make more sales, reduce unhealthy conflict, manage important stakeholders, align and motivate your teams and organisation, achieve clarity of purpose, drive change programmes, etc. A former senior RAF officer, I have held roles that included interim director, senior trustee, enterprise architect, consultant/coach and course designer/lead instructor. Activities included BD, change programme leadership, commissioning consultants, senior stakeholder management, key position recruitment, etc. I am a full member of the Institute of Directors and the Leaders' Club and have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management. Other qualifications include: - BSc (Open University) – General Sciences and Astronomy/Astrobiology - Programme Management – MSP - Project Management – PRINCE 2 (Practitioner), APM Certificate - Certified Facilitator – Belbin, DiSC, ‘5 Behaviours’ and SDI 2.0 - Business Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming - Certificates in Consultancy and Business Analysis - Certificate in Cyber Security Essentials (GCHQ/Open University) - Certificate in Systems Thinking and Complexity - A1-Rated Executive Battle Management Instructor and Evaluator (RAF) - NATO TACEVAL Evaluator (Combat Readiness Assessor for Front-Line NATO Units) - Mountain and Ski-Tour Leader (Military) Outside of work, I enjoy keeping fit, playing golf (badly!), reading and local church activities.​ For more information and recommendations, please see Aspire MCL's website and my LinkedIn Profile: https://www.aspiremcl.co.uk/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/iankirkby

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