Want greater results and impact? Learn to lead better

By Rebecca Plant

Edward Plant

Most of you know Edward Plant as co-founder and head coach at the Institute for Couples in Business. Others know him through his work at The Business League. Some of you may also know him as wine lover, doting dad and husband to wife Bec.

But many may not know much about Ed’s former life (not to be confused with his double life as a Prince Harry look-a-like)…

Ed served in the Australian Army for 17 years. Having trained as an engineer, he worked his way up to the rank of Major. He was responsible for leading troops in combat and non-combat missions in Iraq, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Malaysia.

In 2010 Ed left the army to pursue a vision more closely aligned with his personal values. He began sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience around leadership to support business owners to lead their teams to bigger, sustainable success.

And in this episode of Boardrooms and Bedrooms, Ed shares the details of what his life looked like back then, and how his opposition to the Army’s brand of leadership inspires the work he does to support couples in business today.


In this episode we chat about:

  • How drastically life has changed since Ed’s Army days.
  • The type of projects Ed worked on in the Army and the impacts of those.
  • Why the impact of his work with couples in business is more tangible.
  • What does ‘leading better’ mean for you?
  • How the death of Ed’s dad inspired his own definition of leadership.
  • Leadership in business vs leadership in your relationship.
  • What leadership looks like in Ed and Bec’s relationship.
  • The 3 key areas for Couples in Business to lead better.
  • Why is leadership important, especially for partnerships.
  • When and how to shut up and speak up.
  • Mixing Boardrooms and Bedrooms.
  • Ed and Bec’s best-selling book Lead-The-Ship.
  • The Framework for Leadership explained in the book.
  • Intuitive leadership vs Cookie-Cutter leadership.
  • Why the Army’s style of leadership conflicted with Ed’s own style.
  • The simple bonding exercise that brought Ed’s team together.
  • Why diggers from 20 years ago still stay in touch.
  • Understanding your natural Leadership style.
  • How your Values influence your personal leadership style.
  • What Brene Brown teaches us about leadership.
  • Why you need to know your partner’s leadership style.
  • The one thing Ed wished he’d known when he started out in business with Bec.

Your free chapter download

If you would like to read the chapter on Military Leadership from Ed and Bec’s international best-selling book Lead-The-Ship, you can download your free copy here. To access a full hardcopy version, go to lead-the-ship.com.

Episode resources:

Websites: www.instituteforcouplesinbusiness.com and www.lead-better.com.au.

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/edwardandrebeccaplant/

Couples in Business Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businesscouples

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edward-plant-8982b218/

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About the Author

Rebecca is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Institute for Couples in Business. Bec is also trusty wife to husband and business partner Ed, and mum to Samuel, 4, and Charles, 2. For the past seven years Bec has been working with business owners, and her Super Powers include making complex problems simple, creating strong connections, and motivating teams by building kick-arse culture. Bec is also author of #1 best-seller Lead-The-Ship and hosts popular podcast Boardrooms & Bedrooms.