As the recently retired CEO of Tesco (1997‐2011), Sir Terry Leahy is one of the most admired business leaders in the world. Knighted in 2002 for his services to food retailing, he is well known for successfully turning around Tesco to become the largest chain in Britain, transforming the country’s supermarket industry and disrupting the businesses of its competitors. Experts credit Sir Leahy’s success to his hands-on style and marketing prowess, while Sir Leahy places focus on experience and low-key leadership.

In his first book, "Management in Ten Words" (Random House, 2012), Leahy shares 10 essential management lessons that emerged from his intensive turnaround of the company. The book will help managers across the world understand what makes a company great and inspire them to move theirs forward.

Leahy is in high demand on the speaking circuit, and his countless speeches on management have garnered standing ovations and critical acclaim. He stresses that effective leadership does matter in the success of an organization and believes a truly effective leader is defined by what they influence others to achieve. He explains - and exemplifies - that a good leader takes individuals further than they would go on their own, and he directs managers to pass this idea along to their own employees, encouraging them to become leaders too.

In 2008, Leahy was nominated by Retail Week as Retail Leader of the Year. From 2005 to 2010, he was voted as Britain’s Most Admired Leader by Management Today and in 2004 he was named European Businessman of the year by FORTUNE magazine. In 2010, he received the Daily Telegraph’s Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business, a Lifetime Achievement award fromDirector magazine and was voted Business Person of the Year by the Sunday Times. In 2011, Leahy received two awards from Retail Week: the Lifetime Achievement Award and Retail Leader of the Year.

Leahy was educated at St. Edwards College, Liverpool and then went on to the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology where he gained his BSc (Hons) in management sciences. Married with three children, Leahy enjoys sports, reading, theatre and architecture. He also serves as Director of the Liverpool Enterprise Partnership.

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