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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

This week on the podcast I speak to Michael Moriarty, who has been leading in education and other sectors for a number of decades, as a teacher, a principal, Head of Education and Training Boards Ireland and as CEO of a local radio station. His new book, Every Leader's Reality Guide: Strategies to Release Your True Leadership Potential has been released and it distills the lessons about leading that Michael learned through mentorship, training and self-reflection on his various roles. Among the topics we discuss on the podcast are the following:

  • How leadership begins with self-awareness and self-reflection.
  • How leadership in education differs to other leadership roles
  • The source of authority
  • How he looked to leaders he admired for inspiration
  • Power comes from respect rather than position
  • His experience of being bullied in post-primary school and how he learned the importance of standing up for himself
  • Being isolated in his professional role
  • The importance of allies and alliances
  • Building a media profile
  • Establishing credibility as a leader and the ability to communicate
  • The importance of having mentors
  • How a leader shows they value people
  • Reading leadership books and biographies (e.g. Boris Johnson’s book on Churchill)
  • Leadership and influence
  • The stance he took in a job interview for a leadership position
  • Why you should hire people who are better than you
  • Why leaders need to be able to say “sorry”
  • Learning leadership through union politics
  • How he came to head up a radio station
  • His ongoing pursuit of challenges in his work

Michael mentioned a number of inspirational resources during the interview, including the following:


Senator Ted Kennedy’s 1980 Convention speech

Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People

John C Maxwell Talent is Never Enough

Search for the Hero by M People

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