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Andy Bird

Leadership Consultant, Coach and Author

Andy Bird works as an independent executive coach for leaders in a diverse range of start ups, charities and blue chip corporates. He began his career over 30 years ago working for Unilever in the UK, South East Asia and India. He set up and led their pioneering Marketing Academy before moving on to become a Co-Founder of Brand Learning. Widely recognised for its distinctive client work and company culture, Brand Learning has since grown into a global capability consultancy and recently became part of Accenture.

Do you sometimes find it difficult to show up at your best as a leader? Can challenging events and situations throw you off course? Does the relentless pressure of meetings, deadlines and issues take their toll on your energy levels?  

If so, help is at hand! I’m delighted to introduce Andy Bird, leadership coach and author of The Inspired Leader, who is coming to speak at our International Women’s Day Conference on 5th March.  

Andy’s workshop will provide some powerful ideas, practical tools and most importantly some involving exercises to help you:  

- Become more conscious of what you are like at your best as a leader - Handle the triggers that can undermine your personal impact - Ground yourself in a more positive and confident sense of your own identity

About Andy's Book: The Inspired Leader - Amazon

Being inspired can be a magnificent, invigorating feeling. But it’s also one that we know surprisingly little about. Does it happen by chance? Are all forms of inspiration the same? Can we influence how and when we feel inspired?  

These are searching questions, particularly for people who take on the responsibilities and challenges of leadership. Given the tumultuous state of the world today, effective leadership throughout our organizations and communities has never been more important. Equally though, there has also never been greater pressure on leaders to perform and to provide inspirational leadership for their people and teams.  

If individuals are to step up and succeed in inspiring others, their first priority must be to discover the inspiration they need for themselves. The Inspired Leader helps them do just that.  

The book is based on extensive new research, conducted in association with Henley Business School, into the real life experiences of leaders from many different walks of life. Notable contributors include Lord Dannatt (former Chief of the General Staff), renowned theatre director Declan Donnellan, Sir Richard Branson and the iconic captain of the British & I&ish Lions, Paul O’Connell.  

Drawing on the latest behavioural science, Andy Bird explains how inspiration is actually experienced by people in positons of leadership. He also examines how they maintain it over time despite the many obstacles and challenges they face. The result is a compelling collection of stories, insights and ideas which are accompanied by a thought-provoking set of personal development tools and reflective exercises. In combination, The Inspired Leader provides unrivalled support for anyone seeking their own path to a more inspired life as a leader.