Editor's blog: The real Sir Terry Leahy

MT has had a good relationship with Sir Terry for the last decade. Here's what I made of him.

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Last Updated: 06 Nov 2012

So, farewell then, Sir Tel. Don’t forget to check the shelves are well stocked before you leave the building. I can’t claim I’m a great mate of Sir Terry Leahy’s – his circle of close friends is very tight indeed – but he and MT have had a cordial relationship over the last decade, which culminated in him kindly agreeing to write the foreword for our first book, The Management Masterclass.

What’s he like? Well, every last strand of his DNA is Tesco. He’ll talk about Tesco quite happily until the trolleys are all back tethered together at 11pm. But try moving it on to anything else – even Everton’s back four – and he goes shyly quiet. He’s very dry, very direct, very disciplined. The sort of guy where you end up gabbling in conversation because he thinks a lot more than he says. This is one of the reasons he was voted the UK’s Most Admired leader in the MT poll for seven years on the trot. He has a certain mystique, but he keeps his public utterances very sparing indeed (although his recent comments about the quality of the UK’s school education were worth listening to). [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT]

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