Michael Smith is a freelance journalist on the topic of values in business and the economy. His articles have appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian and Guardian Weekly, The Times, the Independent, the Scotsman, the Herald (Glasgow) and the Pioneer (New Delhi). He serves on the Swiss steering committee of Ethical Leadership in Business forums and was Head of Business Programmes at Initiatives of Change, UK, from 2010 to 2017.
This excellent and practical book builds on Mike's Smith's personal engagement with and study of leadership. In it, he distils the product of many meetings with leading individuals and workshops and conferences he has led addressing the subject. Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, UN Global Compact Foundation and Former Chairman of Shell Group. Mike Smith has been pursuing an urgent conversation on the new leadership for longer than most companies have realized they needed it. If you want to understand where leadership in the business world is going, you could ask for no better global guide. Margaret Heffernan, Texan entrepreneur, Huffington Post blogger and best-selling business author of Wilful Blindness and A Bigger Prize . Mike Smith shares profound insights into the DNA of good business. His easy, narrative style makes these insights both accessible and persuasive. A thoroughly recommended read for all those who care about a better business ethos. Professor Roger Steare FRSA, Corporate Philosopher, Cass Business School, City of London Some people write about the failings of capitalism and some people write about the achievements of individuals. What Mike Smith does uniquely well is to tell inspiring stories of individual achievement in a manner that points the way towards a better capitalism . Mark Goyder, Founder, Tomorrow's Company. Mike Smith's work on ethical business is both extremely well researched and enormously timely. We are in an age when business as usual is no longer an option, either for the planet or its populations. Leading with Integrity tells the stories of some of the businesses that are making most difference and leading an ethical revolution. It deserves a very wide readership. Tony Bradley, Lecturer in Social Economy & Enterprise and Lead Researcher In Sustainable Business, Liverpool Hope Business School Taking `time out' to contemplate what is right action going forward is a transformative leadership habit. Mike Smith shows us, through many powerful stories, how leaders tapped into their own values compasses to create ethical and sustainable businesses. Anita Hoffmann, founding CEO of Executiva, and author of `Purpose & Impact: How Executives Are Creating Meaningful Second Careers'.