Barbara Hocking
(read Barbara’s guest article: Leadership and Ethics – Myth or Reality?)

Barbara enjoys that modern phenomenon of a portfolio career. She works part time as a learning and development consultant (including working with ASK)and also on a part time basis for Oxford Brookes University Business School, where she has responsibility for their MBA Leadership Development module. In this latter role ,she was responsible for developing the Global online supported MBA and co-authoring the MBA leadership textbook. Previously she worked in HR roles for companies such as Ford Motor Company and HSBC, and for 5 years as a Principal Consultant with SHL.  She works extensively with cross cultural groups and has run workshops in Europe, Africa and the USA. Her passion is for meaningful leadership development and for achieving real, impactful behaviour change. She is particularly interested in supporting managers in the challenges of  leading cross cultural – and often virtual – teams.

Questions and Answers

What’s the most valuable lesson you have learned, and who do you have to thank for it?
The need to value every moment of life – learned from a friend who died young.

If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give them?
Relax a bit more and value your strengths. If only I’d discovered MBTI years ago!

What is the single thing you still most need to learn?
Not to feel I have to sort out everyone’s problems.

What do you hope your legacy will be?
That I brought happiness to those around me.

What is the most surprising thing you’ve ever discovered about yourself?
That I was an extrovert. Grew up being a shy child.

What one thing do you think every organisation would most benefit from doing, or doing differently?
Really embracing leadership, seeing the difference that paying real attention to motivating and inspiring people can bring.

What is your worst habit?
Putting off the things I don’t like doing – but this is getting better!