Most people are not born a great  leader.  They have to grow into it with time, effort, development and training.  Today, we discuss some key areas of developing leadership tools that can take you to the next level.

Our guest in today’s episode is Richard Best, President/CEO of Lead Executive Consulting.  Richard serves as an executive coach and consultant with extensive experience coaching senior executives and high-potential leaders. He specializes in developing leadership behaviors and emotional intelligence, exchanging less desirable behaviors for those exemplifying true leadership. Richard helps clients strengthen their interpersonal effectiveness and leadership impact, resulting in increased opportunities for their career and personal success. He has coached executives to identify development areas, create fresh perspectives for growth and overcome obstacles in making measurable and sustained changes. Richard has extensive experience working with executives from a variety of industries.

Your HR Problem Solver host is Mark Mitford, a strategic HR leader who is business and HR focused. Mark is a management team advisor with 20+ years working as an HR executive in mid-size to Fortune 50 companies. He brings in depth, hands on experience successfully leading and advising company and business leaders through all life cycle stages. Mark is viewed as a key advisor to C-Level Executives and has strengths in Improving Company Culture, Performance Management, Compensation Benchmarking, Employee Engagement, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Coaching, Succession Planning and Mergers and Acquisitions.

During his career, Mark has successfully held HR executive positions in companies such as PepsiCo, Ericsson, Nortel, Telmar, Texas Instruments and Safeco. Mark has also worked for private equity backed organizations, S Corporations, and publicly traded firms and has lived and worked extensively overseas. He has led several Enterprise wide transformations including Cultural Change and IT transformational change at Fortune 500 companies. He holds two Masters’ degrees, one in Organizational Psychology, and an MBA in Strategy and International Management.
In 2013, Mark transitioned from a Corporate HR career to start his own HR Strategic consulting company, HR Catalyst Consulting with the goal of helping small to mid-market companies in growth or change and in need of Human Capital leadership to drive their continued growth and success.