There are many different approaches to leadership.  But what makes a strong leader? 

We ask these business leaders for their perspectives on leadership in our video series. They reflect on their experiences leading through COVID-19 and on what their priorities will be for the challenges ahead.

Belinda Youngs
Belinda Youngs CEO, Cooplands Quality Bakery

Join Belinda as she reflects on the qualities of a strong leader and how she personally approached leading her staff through the COVID-19 crisis.

Angus Thirlwell
Angus Thirlwell CEO and Co-founder, Hotel Chocolat

Find out what Angus thinks people are looking for from their leadership and how he maintained staff motivation through COVID-19.

Nigel Whitehead
Nigel Whitehead Director of External Affairs, BAE Systems and Be the Business PLG member

Join Nigel to hear what benefits strong leadership can bring to an organisation, large or small.

Mashood Akmal
Mashood Akmal Director of Innovation and Strategy, Aeroservices

Find out how Mashood approached leadership in the face of COVID-19 and what his top tip is for other leaders.

Be the Business’s Leadership Pathway Programme

If you want to focus and reflect on your own leadership, following a structured programme could help. 

Our strategic partner Be the Business has created a Small Business Leadership Pathway Programme in conjunction with the Institute of Leadership and Management.  The programme offers a range of information, tools and assessments on topics from resilience to decision making and has 1,000 free places for UK-based business owners and managers.

Find out more about the Leadership Pathway Programme.

Be the Business

We’re working with Be the Business to help businesses across the UK recover and rebuild.

Find out more about Be the Business.

While all reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the information provided is correct, no liability is accepted by Bank of Scotland for any loss or damage caused to any person relying on any statement or omission. This is for information only and should not be relied upon as offering advice for any set of circumstances.  Specific advice should always be sought in each instance.

COVID-19 Webcast Series

Our webcast series will give practical guidance covering a range of financial and operational topics as well as the human impacts for businesses.

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Learning to make big decisions as a leader

Running a successful business requires not just a great product and an effective strategy, but also strong leadership and an ability to make difficult decisions.

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Support employees' wellbeing

Maintaining a good level of mental health within your workforce is more important than ever.

Read our guide