Mark Watson reveals how to lead well in any role
tms’s Managing director, international marketing services Mark Watson shared his expertise with Little Black Book in “Bossing It: How You Can Be a Leader No Matter Your Role with Mark Watson.”
In the article, Mark talks all things leadership, including some of the most pivotal moments in his own experience as a leader. From knowing if you should take on a leadership role to mentorship to learning the ins and outs and navigating challenges with transparency and authenticity, there are tons of insights for leaders at any level.
I don’t think I set out to be a leader per se, but I knew I liked to galvanize others…You don’t have to have the title to be a leader. You don’t have to be at the top of the pyramid. Being a leader is about your behavior, your standards, and how you show up for others every day. You can be a leader no matter your role.
Mark has worked in the marketing and design industry for over 25 years and has spent 30 years at tms in various roles across the globe. He helped grow the company into new regions and now looks after our international agency business from London. Learn more about him below.
Mark is Managing Director, International Marketing Services with a focus on growth of people and the McDonald’s and Portfolio clients around the world (outside of the Americas), through building an inclusive, creative team where everyone can belong and grow.
Somewhat of a tms veteran, over his tenure, Mark has had the opportunity to work in multiple tms and Boxer offices around the world while working with some of the world’s biggest brands.
He has had leadership roles on the global team and held MD positions for the Chicago Agency, Boxer, and most recently was Managing Director, Europe – whose culture, business growth and creative recognition culminated in Campaign naming tms as ‘Best UK Place To Work 2020’, with them also naming Mark as UK ‘Agency Head of the Year’ for the same year.
Mark sits on the Advisory Board for the charity, Power the Fight, and the CEO Advisory Board of the Alliance of Independent Agencies, working with UK partners and charities to better understand and drive equity, inclusion and opportunity in the marketing industry and beyond – recently expanding his journey by appearing podcasts including the live, globally streamed, Fearless Futures podcast to discuss ‘Building Equity into our Products and Processes’ (series 2, episode 6).
Married, with two teenage sons (Monte & Ripley), the only thing he likes more than being an avid running, is talking about being an avid runner.