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Leadership Lessons: WPP senior advisor and author, David Sable


By Stephen Lepitak, -

April 28, 2020 | 3 min read

In the latest episode of The Drum's Leadership Lessons, executive editor Stephen Lepitak speaks to David Sable, senior advisor for WPP and former global chief executive of Y&R, about his views on and experiences of leadership. Sable tells us what he thinks leadership should look like, along with sharing who he has been inspired by and learned from during his career.

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Leadership Lessons: senior advisor for WPP & author, David Sable

“Leadership is about leaders," he says. "It’s a big word that doesn’t mean much because we don’t have any leadership without leaders. One of the biggest problems we have in the world today is that we conflate power and leaders because we have people who are very powerful and some run very big companies, but they are not leaders. They are just people who exercise a lot of power because they can and the difference is huge."

One of the most important traits of good leaders, according to Sable, is communication.

“Communicating is sharing. There is nothing more important than being seen and being out there, but you have to apply the rest of the equation, it can’t just be about you. You need to be a presence, you need to be seen, because people want to know that you are in the game with them.”

Listen to the full interview with Sable in the audio section below while further episodes of the Leadership Lessons podcast can be found on The Drum's website.

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