My Interview with Sir Roderic Lyne on Leadership

Here's my interview with Sir Roderic Lyne, a former British Ambassador to Russia and Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister. Roderic shares insights from his experience leading large organisations in the Civil Service and beyond.

Our conversation on leadership was in four sections:

  1. Functions: What do we need leaders for?
  2. Attributes: What are the qualities of an optimal leader?
  3. Leadership Skills: Can they be developed? Are leaders born, not made?
  4. Bad leadership: What makes a bad leader?

The questions I asked Roderic included:

  1. Who are the leaders you have been most impressed by in your career? What qualities did you admire about them?
  2. Can you please tell us about a time when you found yourself in a challenging leadership situation? What would your advice be to Scholars who may find themselves in a similar situation in their careers?
  3. Can you please tell us about a time when you found yourself in a challenging leadership situation? What would your advice be to Scholars who may find themselves in a similar situation in their careers?

We then moved onto speak about leadership in the context of the British Government, This will be particularly relevant to those seeking a career in the Civil Service or in Government more generally.