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You CAN Lead by Mark Cooper and Daryl Bates


You CAN Lead is the literary product of both Daryl’s and Mark’s remarkable history as leaders across multiple sectors and segments – from private entities to not-for-profits to government organisations. The book takes readers through unique and extremely insightful experiences and anecdotes that will help shape and revolutionise even the most stubborn and closely held preconceived notions.


Words from the authors: “We hope you enjoy this book and find it valuable in progressing your own leadership development journey, no matter where you are on the leadership-prowess continuum.”

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Neither Mark nor Daryl purport to be perfect leaders. Following their own advice, as explained in You CAN Lead, they remain on a continual journey of learning.

We are all human and even the very best leaders make mistakes. Any improvement in a person’s leadership prowess is, however, extremely beneficial. Imagine if one could achieve, say, a 20% improvement in their ability to lead. The benefits that would accrue to them, to those they lead, and to their organisation would be immense and well worth the investment. Leadership, therefore, is an integral aspect of personal growth at all stages of life and across the spectrum as we advance through our respective careers.

While science and research sit behind everything discussed in You CAN Lead, Mark and Daryl don’t focus heavily on academic discourse. Instead, the book provides numerous perspectives and lessons, each learned through experience in the field of leadership, sometimes Mark’s or Daryl’s own experience, sometimes that of others.

Relating personal experiences is a very powerful means of passing on information, context and meaning, and Mark and Daryl use that technique a lot in this book. So as not to embarrass their colleagues, friends and family, or to breach confidences, in many cases they have changed names and other details but the pertinent facts of each story, and the lessons that can be derived from them, remain true.

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