Former Newcastle United footballer and tech entrepreneur David Beharall says experience is essential to building leadership skills.

The founder of CandidSky will speak at our breakfast event 'The Secret of Leadership' at Burnley College on Wednesday 27th September.

The event is being held with Themis and in association with CascadeGo HR software. Sign up to attend for free now.

After 11 years in the football world, Beharall retired in 2006 to set up award-winning digital agency CandidSky in central Manchester, applying leadership skills learned directly from Sir Bobby Robson, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit.

“You are not born a leader, you become one. Leadership is a process – it’s the application of key skills at the appropriate time to reach the desired outcome,” he told BusinessCloud.

“No two people are the same: we have all had our own unique set of experiences which make us who we are.

“For me, it's better to look at a person’s experience – both personally and professionally – and see what leadership skills they have developed from this experience [rather than looking at things like age and gender].”

CandidSky develops digital strategies with companies from multinational brands such as Sage and Bayer to local SMEs like George Hill Timber and Richard Haworth.

Beharall added: “A good leader possesses good self-awareness, and has an ability to build mutual relationships. It is also essential to have good business acumen and strategy skills.”

From the boardrooms to the sports field; from politics to health; from education to the emergency services; strong leadership can be the difference between success and failure.

BusinessCloud has teamed up with Themis and CascadeGo HR software for our latest breakfast event at Burnley College about the art of leadership and where the leaders of the future are coming from.

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What makes a good leader? Are you born a natural leader or is it something you learn? Do age and gender make a difference when it comes to leadership?

These are just some of the questions that BusinessCloud and Themis' 'The Secret of Leadership' breakfast event will tackle. Radio 5 Live controller Jonathan Wall is among the speakers.

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