In February 2020 the Scottish Leadership Institute was delighted to bring Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Industries and author of Everybody Matters to Edinburgh to share his thinking and insights on his human-centred leadership approach, Truly Human Leadership.
Chapman inherited a failing business in his 20s when his father died unexpectedly. Having just completed his accounting qualifications and attended business school, he was armed with high-quality traditional business know-how, but it failed to revitalise the business. Only after a series of small epiphanies did he realise that if his employees were not empowered and purposeful nothing would change . Since then Chapman has overseen over 100 corporate acquisitions, 95% of which have been successful – an extraordinary figure, matched by the 18% CAGR Barry-Wehmiller has returned over the last 25 years. Focusing on and caring for your people leads directly to commercial outperformance is his message. .