Boyden Executive Search

In this podcast, we speak to two of our own leaders: Boyden Leadership Consulting Partners Dharma Chandran and Barry Bloch. Our Leadership Consulting offering’s core purpose is to assist organisations, boards and executive teams to identify, assess and support leaders within their businesses.

By Allan Marks

Our latest edition of Leadership Matters is a little different. In this podcast, we speak to two of our own leaders: Boyden Leadership Consulting Partners Dharma Chandran and Barry Bloch. Our Leadership Consulting offering’s core purpose is to assist organisations, boards and executive teams to identify, assess and support leaders within their businesses. In this podcast, they discuss their careers, how they have developed as leaders and the key lessons they have learned along the way.

By their own admission, Dharma and Barry have travelled almost parallel paths during their careers, having both held a number of executive, chair, partner and board roles. However, it was very early on in Barry’s career, when he was still working as a computer programmer, that he realised the true power of leadership. “It doesn’t matter how good your product is, how good your service is, how strong your past customer relations are; if the leadership doesn’t take you to the future, the business dies,” Barry explained.

In the podcast, Dharma and Barry both touch on what they see as the biggest challenge in leadership consulting. Barry cites disruption as the key concern (“We’ve heard for a decade or more that change is a constant. What we’re seeing now is actual fundamental disruption.”); that no economy can be isolated from this and leaders are going to have to reinvent – something that consulting has to support. Dharma adds that consulting itself also needs to change to adapt to this. “Part of the problem with leadership consulting is that sometimes the mental model of a lot of people who hire another to help them with this is an assessment-focused mental model. We would argue that assessment is a key part of a leadership consulting assignment… but the mental model you need to take going into it is developmental.”

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