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A leader unafraid of change

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in Leaders & Managers,Leadership Skills

Ed “Jed” Barry had never been a banker before becoming CEO of a community bank in Maryland last year. Barry is notable for embracing aspects of leadership like vision and change. For example:

  • He tries to “help people see what things could be versus what they historically have been.”
  • He asks questions and tries to get be­yond what his people think he wants to hear.
  • Asked what changes he plans, Barry says, “What’s made banks successful in the past probably won’t be what makes them succeed in the future.”
  • He asks job candidates what they want to do with their lives, and how he can help them get there.

His guiding principle: “Always tell the truth and be honest. Whether it’s good or bad, get to the heart of the matter.”

— Adapted from “Executive Profile: Ed ‘Jed’ Barry,” with Bryant Ruiz Switzky, Washington Business Journal.

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