Bestselling author of “How to Lead”, Jo Owen dazzled guests with his energetic delivery, outlining his five key points to leadership before signing copies in an exclusive leadership dinner at San Marco Restaurant.

By Omar Alleyne-Lawler, Communications Manager

 Bringing together leaders from across HiH’s network, Bruce Grove’s San Marco Restaurant saw itself filled with 60 innovators from the mentor, leadership, police, education and charity industries for a one-off, exclusive event.

Co-hosted by newly appointed Projects Manager, Chloe Hedman and Director, Rev. John Wood, guests were invited to hear from best-selling and award-winning author, Jo Owen.

With over twenty books to his name and the only winner of the Chartered Management Institute gold award, four times; Jo has decades of experience in leadership positions. As the founder of eight NGOs that collectively turnover more than £100m annually; Jo’s metrics of performance are both high achieving and financially aspirational.

In a brief, yet masterful presentation, Jo outlined his five principles of leadership; perspectives which had developed from his decades of research and application.

For some, this sparked much-needed conversation as their perspective on leadership had been radically changed.

Opening the space for questions, Jo helped to clarify dilemmas HiH’s local leaders had – ranging from how to lead through times of crisis, to figuring out reconciliation when your values are at odds with an organisation’s mission.

Such an event was both a fun one and one of high value for HiH’s guests. Personally invited by HiH members, some icons on the night included Sister System CEO, Okela Douglas, former Chair of the Black Police Association, Chris Excel and Former Premier League Footballer, Michael Duberry.

Co-host of the evening, Chloe Hedman was recently appointed Projects Manager and this leadership gathering was her first event. On it, she says “It was lovely and inspiring to see a mixture of leaders in Haringey under one roof in San Marco. To hear Jo’s five tests of leadership was thought-provoking and I can’t wait to read his book.”

Guests were kindly gifted copies of Jo Owen’s book on their way out, meaning their evening of learning could be marked as a concerted effort in developing themselves, their teams, businesses and organisations.