Leading young leaders

Leading young leaders

Alec Pearson is using the skills he has gained from a career in both industry and academia to grow a business that helps companies and educational institutions develop employability and leadership skills.

Glasgow-based Alec, who was at QE from 1986 to 1990, established his company, Pearson Communication, in 2012. Today it helps young people through two programmes: The Employability Skills Programme, which Alec developed himself, and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 2 Award and Extended Award for Young Leaders.

He has happy memories of his time at QE under Headmasters Eamonn Harris and Dr John Marincowitz, when he belonged to Harrisons’ House.

After leaving School, Alec gained a number of qualifications, initially in business information, followed by a Level 5 ILM Certificate in Leadership in 2008. He worked in the world of Information Technology for more than 18 years across sectors including manufacturing and law in both London and Edinburgh.

“Following five years as a senior manager, I reviewed my career to date and came to the conclusion that to progress it further, I should study full-time for a MBA,” he explains. He duly graduated with an MBA in December 2011 from the University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School.

“While still working as a senior manager, I found that my passion was in teaching and developing staff,” he said. Armed with his MBA, he therefore developed and launched Pearson Communication, while also continuing to lecture for Glasgow University. The company was an ILM Approved Provider from 2012 until January this year, when it became an ILM Approved Centre.

In his teaching, Alec, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI), adopts a motivational, passionate approach and facilitates group discussion and group exercises. He believes that learning must be “inspiring, fun and engaging”.

His work includes teaching postgraduate students in management, strategy, human resource management (HRM) and international HRM and operations management. He also provides dissertation supervision.

In October 2013, the Independent newspaper published an article Alec had written, in which he advised business leaders on how to deal with the uncertainty caused by the looming Scottish independence referendum. During this period, he was also a Global Ambassador for the Association of MBAs.

“In my spare time, I like to pursue my interest in travel, both within the UK and abroad.  I am very interested in learning about, and embracing, different cultures, particularly Asian cultures,” he says.