Ross Preston

Ross Preston
Founder Director, Adroit Leader and Team Development

Ross is a seasoned facilitator and coach, working in commercial, not for profit, and government sectors. He is passionate about teams and leaders, and through his experience has developed his perspectives of leadership beyond competencies to view leadership as a way of thinking and being; truly generating leadership at all levels.

For Ross, leading and being a part of teams began with a love of sport and his formative years in the Royal Marine Commandos. Leaving as a Lieutenant Colonel after a dynamic and exciting 18 years, he adapted and developed his skills to meet the demands of a new role as director of operations for a vibrant, fast-moving global disaster relief charity. In more recent years Ross and his young family moved to Canada, giving him the opportunity to focus fully on leader and team development. This has seen engagements with many clients and organisations all over the world, across all sectors and levels, developing and coaching leaders and teams to increase efficiency, profitability and individual personal happiness.

Ross views leading and being part of a team as both an honour and a responsibility. However, it should not be onerous; we all seek to excel at what we enjoy and, although a serious business, leadership need not be somber or grave. The strength of the Royal Marines’ ethos is legendary with a philosophy closely aligned to Ross’ beliefs. The Commando Qualities of Courage, Determination, Unselfishness and Cheerfulness in the Face of Adversity have consistently proven their worth. Ross has seen them carry the day in some exceptionally demanding circumstances.

Moving from the Military to Not for Profit and Commercial Sectors has helped evolve Ross’ philosophy of Leadership and High Performing teams, and he is always open to new views and perspectives; committed to continuous learning.

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