Leveraging Leadership

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Emily Sander

23 October 2023

53m 50s

CEO Ed Barton on the Chief of Staff role, balancing the boardroom, and lifelong learning



In this episode, we chat with Ed Barton, an influential leader whose journey spans from the military to the boardroom. He highlights the impact of military discipline and 'Commander's Intent' on his leadership style. We explore the crucial role of a Chief of Staff in facilitating effective communication and collaboration. Ed also discusses mentorship and the concept of 'influence without authority' in the school of leadership. This episode offers valuable insights for both established leaders and those interested in business leadership.


(0:00:06) - A leadership journey shaped by military discipline, continuous learning, and the 'Commander's Intent' principle.

(0:08:48) - Mentorship experiences, and the implementation of the Chief of Staff role in his career.

(0:17:49) - The responsibilities and importance of a Chief of Staff.

(0:21:18) - Effective communication, collaboration, and conflict management between the CEO and the Chief of Staff.

(0:25:56) - Exploration of 'influence without authority', a crucial skill for Chiefs of Staff to ensure team alignment and collaboration.

(0:37:19) - Examination of the critical role of the Chief of Staff in strategic planning and as a confidential advisor.

(0:46:30) - Discussion on essential tips for success in the Chief of Staff role.


Ed's Book/Author Recommendations:

John Maxwell, https://amzn.to/3tCl0UW

Patrick Lencioni, https://amzn.to/3QapsSE

Eliyau Goldratt, https://amzn.to/472qSWe 


Visit Ed's Website: https://edbarton.com/

Ed's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardjbarton/ 

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Emily Sander is a C-suite executive turned leadership coach. Her corporate career spanned Fortune 500 companies and scrappy start-ups. She is an ICF-certified leadership coach and the author of two books, An Insider’s Perspective on the Chief of Staff and Hacking Executive Leadership. Emily works with early to senior executives to step into effective leadership with one-on-one coaching. Go here to read her story from seasoned executive to knowledgeable coach.


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