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Leadership Lessons: Mel Edwards, global chief executive of Wunderman Thompson


By Stephen Lepitak, -

December 11, 2019 | 3 min read

Wunderman Thompson's global chief executive, Mel Edwards is the subject of this episode of The Drum's Leadership Lessons podcast, where she talks to editor Stephen Lepitak about her experiences and thoughts on her own leadership and of others in her career.


Leadership Lessons: Mel Edwards, global chief executive of Wunderman Thompson

Speaking from the company's recently refurbished headquarters in London, Edwards spoke about her views on aiding drive equality and diversity in the industry and business, how she manages a global business and how it has changed her, if at all, working with clients and offering some insights on her own ways of working with WPP chief executive Mark Read.

"I try to be my normal self... the person I am with my family, I am the same person at work. I try to treat everybody the same," she explained while discussing how she views her leadership style.

"You don't want to get confused when it comes to these leadership roles because you're not more important than everybody else. You're as important as the person you are standing next to and it's about one team and making people feel like they are part of that team and everyone is clear on the road we are going on and what role they have in being part of that team," she added.

Listen to the whole interview below and check out other entries into The Drum's Leadership Lessons series which includes DDB's chief executive Wendy Clark, Accenture Interactive's global chief executive Brian Whipple, Interpublic Group's chief executive Michael Roth and several other industry leaders.

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