Martin Johnson CBE is an icon of English and world rugby rated for his exceptional leadership skills captaining his club, national and Lions sides.
Martin’s moved to New Zealand in 1989 where he played for King’s Country and after two seasons represented the All Black’s at U21 level. He was requested back to the UK by his then girlfriend, now wife Kay and his playing days with Leicester Tigers took off.
Martin represented and captained England and Leicester. He is mostly known for captaining England to victory in the World Cup in 2003. He became the new England team manager in 2008 despite having no coaching experience a role he held until 2011. He is regarded as one of the greatest locks to have ever played. He toured three times with the British and Irish Lions, becoming the only man to have captained them on two separate tours. He also led his club Leicester Tigers to back-to back Heineken Cup victories and won the league six times.
Martin became the first ever Englishman from the North Hemisphere to lead his team to an outstanding World Cup victory. His leadership skills remain unparalleled which is why Martin is able to motivate and encourage people from different fields as motivational speaker and expert on leadership.
“I don’t think there’s a certain style, I think there’s a certain resilience that’s going to win this World Cup. You’re going to have to be tough, you’re going to have to deal with the pressure and the expectation.”