Husband and Dad

Leadership and Management Trainer

Member of the 5am Club

   ➡️   Multi-Award Winning Business Owner/Manager

   ➡️   Volunteer D of E Supervisor

   ➡️   Eternal optimist

   ➡️   Adventurer


In Confidence

Learn From Real

Management Experience

Become Everyone's

Favourite Manager

Hi, I’m Adrian Close, management and leadership growth specialist, author and people development fanatic.

My business development and management career started in large leisure centres, then large bars and restaurants, then retail (always customer facing and always very busy). The teams I have managed have varied from 5 to around 55 (as a manager and business owner) and around 1000 as an area manager (managing 22 managers)

The focus has always been on People, Planet and then Profit

On 21 September 2019 I created Ultimate Leadership Training Ltd with the sole goal of creating a society where it's normal for the new generation of managers and aspiring managers to lead and manage their teams with compassion, empathy, drive and enthusiasm and to not feel trapped by the old ways of leadership that no longer work. 

I believe that if you concentrate on the performance of your team members (at every level) the results will take care of themselves. The results, of course, will be at a higher level if both the values of the organisation and those that work for it are aligned - This belief was inspired by Ben Hunt-Davies and sits at the heart of all the training I deliver and teams I manage.

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Adrian Mt BlancMy solo hike around Mont Blanc which proves how powerful goal setting is!

Leading and managing teams of People should be a pleasure not a chore

I personally don’t believe that people are born leaders. I think it’s something that everyone can learn and develop (over time) and once your team members get it, no matter what stage of their career they are at – that’s where and when the magic happens!

I believe that all management and leadership training needs two things:

  • It needs to be continuous and come with additional ongoing coaching and support where and when needed
  • The learners need to be held accountable for achieving the training goals.

And the Mission Continues...

I now train and support new and aspiring managers to become everyone's favourite manager (Yes I believe this is possible) and encourage them to lead with emotional intelligence and a strong set of personal core values at the heart of everything they do.

When I say everyone's favourite manager, the everyone refers to themselves, their team, their friends, their family, their managers, their HR manager, their customers and their suppliers. 

I appreciate all managers wear lots of different hats and are required to spin lots of different plates (it can feel like a circus at times 🙂). I've been there and was developed to do the same, that's how I can build a rapport quickly with the learners who sit on my courses or join the 12 Month Online Growth Academy - they know I get them, they know I know where they are now and where they want to be!

Supportive management within business is not just essential - It's a Superpower

Don't Lose Team Members to Better Managers and Leadership Teams!