Barbara Queally: A 180˚ Change in Leadership Style Part A
Alison Foote & Alison Gaylard
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Wits Business School - University of the Witwatersrand
Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management & Leaderhip
It was late afternoon in June 2016 and Barbara Queally, founder of Garden Morris, a company that specialised in chocolate products, confectionary ingredients, gifting and packaging, had just finished the first module on a leadership course for women at Wits Business School (WBS). This had been an intense day emotionally for Queally. Having received the results of an emotional quotient (EQ) test that she had completed prior to coming on the course, as she packed up her things an uncomfortable realisation was dawning on her – that her management style had been way too authoritarian. She wondered how she could become a more open, authentic leader – and, indeed, if it was possible to make this change.