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Leadership advice from one of the world’s most successful football managers

 
 Eric Najib, Manager of Stonewall FC. Gay football team playing at Market Road, Kings Cross. 22/2/18

In the latest in our regular ‘Leading Questions’ series for the Barclays corporate site we interview Eric Najib, Manager of Stonewall FC – the world’s most successful gay football team.

In the filmed interview, Eric reflects on his own experiences as a leader – from the highs of winning the Gay World Cup to the lows of dropping close friends from the squad — and how he takes inspiration from his hero Sir Alex Ferguson.

Eric discusses the challenges of leading a football team that wants to both be competitive and provide a home for members of the community. “We want Stonewall FC to be a place that gay players can enjoy their football, regardless of ability. So for us it’s about finding the best way of being competitive, but also having a club where everyone is able to play. It’s my job to make the whole jigsaw puzzle fit.”

You can read the full interview here.