Distinctive Leaders Episode 6: People-powered leadership with Sarah Morris

Welcome to the Distinctive Leaders podcast hosted by Andrew Wallace. 

In this episode of Distinctive Leaders, Andrew is joined by Sarah Morris, outgoing Group Chief People Officer at Compass Group plc.

Growing up on Hayling Island in Hampshire, Sarah understood the value of community from an early age. Rather than feeling isolated, she had a natural curiosity to explore the wider world.

Sarah’s career has taken her across the globe, and into several senior HR, talent, and people roles. The importance of building connections and growing relationships has never left her.

In this conversation, Sarah talks us through her journey and shares advice for executives. Including:

  • How finding a great mentor can help you close the gaps when looking at more senior roles.
  • Why it’s important to be unafraid to ask for help when you don’t have the answer.
  • Listening to other people’s life stories. This can teach you so many great career lessons that you might miss out on otherwise.

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From growing up on a tight-knit island community to traveling the world as a senior HR executive, Sarah’s career journey shows how important it is for leaders to build and grow strong relationships.

“Life can’t be polarised into one thing, whether that be career, sport or family its all about balance and experiences.”

– Sarah Morris

If you’re climbing the leadership ladder and looking for inspiration, you don’t want to miss this one. We’d love to hear your thoughts about the episode, so please do let us know. And if you want to get to know Sarah a little better, visit her LinkedIn profile here.

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