Conversations with thought leaders in the business world and beyond, who reveal how by creating a unique blend of experience, skills and purpose, their leadership has changed the people and organisations around them.

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8th March 2021  //  Leadership Is Not About You

Leaders must have inclusion as part of their arsenal today.  We can create an inclusive culture. The key thing about culture is that we want the culture to change because we want behaviors to change. So if you want to shift in behavior, we need a shift in thinking. 

In this episode, Kevin Withane speaks with Frances Frei and Anne Morriss, coauthors in life and work, whose most recent book, UNLEASHED: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You, is the most definitive guide to leadership today. On the episode, they talk about

  • Inclusion being an essential part of leadership;
  • The need for a foundation of trust; and
  • The qualities of 27-year-olds.

Frances Frei is a professor at Harvard Business School. She recently served as Uber’s first SVP of leadership and strategy. Her TED talk about building trust has logged over 4 million views. She was described in a recent Los Angeles Times article as “the go-to woman for companies like Uber and WeWork looking to improve their image.” She has made headlines in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, FT, USA Today, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, CNBC, The New Yorker, Fortune, Variety, ESPN, New York Magazine, Vox, and Business Insider.

Anne Morriss is the Executive Founder of The Leadership Consortium, a first-of-its-kind accelerator for building diverse executive teams. She has appeared on “CBS This Morning.”

They are also coauthors of the bestselling book Uncommon Service.


You can find out more about Anne and Frances on the Cocktail Leadership blog here.  

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About the host

Your host of Cocktail Leadership, Kevin Withane, is a purpose-led senior lawyer and ethics and compliance executive.  He has gained experience working across non-profits, quasi-governmental organisations, at a regulator, in law firms, SMEs and at a global public listed company.  Kevin has lived and worked in the UK, China, Hong Kong, Russia and the United States as well as traveling extensively across Europe and Asia.

Cocktail Leadership is the passion project that Kevin has chosen to deliver on his mission, by sharing his, and most importantly his guests’ ideas with the podcast’s listeners.

I will use  the Cocktail Leadership podcast to share ideas to educate and encourage current and future leaders to tap into the power of treating their employees as humans, not commodities, and aligning their business culture and purpose with those of their people so that business can make the world a better place.