Susanne Biro is a senior leadership coach, author and vegan. For over 15 years, she has worked internationally with senior-level leaders in some of the world’s best companies. Whether coaching one-on-one or authoring, designing, and delivering leadership development programs, her passion is the same: to help leaders reach their next level of personal, professional, and leadership mastery, and as a result, create the kind of organizations in which we all dream of working.
Susanne is the author of “I Want You To Win! Coaching Skills for Creative Leadership”, a program she most notably delivered at Sir Richard Branson’s private home in June 2017. She is also the co-author of the book Unleashed! Leader as Coach and the corresponding Leader as Coach workshop, a program adopted by countless organizations like General Electric, American Express, and the Mayo Clinic. She is a Forbes contributor and the strategic engagement and corporate initiatives director for Vegan Leaders in Corporate Management. Susanne is also a wife, a mother of two, and a student of yoga.
The Talk: Leadership: Lessons Learned in a Barbershop
At age 17, Susanne was told she would learn the family barbering trade. She resisted. She didn’t want to be a barber! Her mother countered that having a trade was important – just in case university did not work out, Susanne would have a trade to fall back on. And, if a war broke out, according to her mother, people would still need their hair cut, so Susanne would still have a job then too. You know, just in case.
Over the last 16 years, Susanne has coached thousands of leaders in some of the world’s best companies. The decade she spent working in her mother’s barbershop taught her more about how to do this well than perhaps all ten years of her formal, post-secondary education.
So, just in case leadership is nothing more than the ability to work extraordinarily well with and through others. And, just in case what we do really matters, perhaps we might consider the possibility that the moment of leadership is always this moment right here, now. And, from this realization, sense the incredible power we each have to make the world the place we want it to be.