Barry Dore

Leadership Guide - Author - Broadcaster

‘I had a meeting today with someone who attended your Lead Like Mary programme. I just wanted to say you should be immensely proud. At the end of the meeting we both reflected on what a profound impact you have had on our lives, and to remind you, if you ever needed reminding, of what an incredible leadership legacy you're creating.’

Leadership is my passion.

Our world needs great leadership like never before. Leaders who lead in the right way, who inspire, engage and enable others, who build a better tomorrow everywhere - in organisations but also in the family, schools, communities, voluntary endeavours, government and society.

Never has the need been greater.

That was my belief before the world turned upside down in March 2020, and it is even more so now, as we battle this global pandemic. The leadership challenge is enormous. Clear, determined leaders are essential everywhere, from the highest levels of government and organisations, to families and communities.

Over the past twenty years I have been privileged to work with thousands of leaders, doing all I can to unlock their potential and to inspire and equip them to do so with others.

I run leadership programmes based on my book ‘Lead Like Mary’, ran a programme for young leaders, coach and mentor leaders at all levels, chair a charity developing tomorrow’s conservation leaders in the UK and Africa, and led a project creating a vibrant rural community.

As I enter the autumn of my professional career I have reduced my number of client engagements and now run my programmes online.

My focus going forward, is to make what contribution I can, to inspiring and enabling the next generation of leaders - providing them with the knowledge, skills, desire and tools to share and teach the principles and practices of great leadership to others.



I have launched Lead!, the next phase of my leadership thinking, building on the principles explored in Lead Like Mary, including a Community where like-minded leaders can interact and share experiences, 1-1 coaching opportunities, plus programmes and podcasts.



I am the author of three published books, two of which focus on my passion for leadership, the other being my debut novel

A further leadership book is underway, and work has also begun on a sequel to The Lobster Pot Cafe.



I'm an active broadcaster, presenting two shows on a local radio station and producing regular leadership podcasts


Jakkie and I live in the heart of rural Staffordshire. We’ve lived in the small and delightful village of Frasdwell for over twenty years and are immersed in our rural community


Between us we have six children, now grown up and scattered around the world. We have the joy of three wonderful grandchildren, Yusuf, Emmie and Teddy.

Being a grandad is the best thing ever!


Over the last couple of years I have reduced my client assignments and my associated traveling, allowing me more time to focus on a host of other interests, including 1-1 support for leaders at all levels, the conservation leadership charity I chair,

plus writing and broadcasting