Bo Carrington, Principal and President of Bo Carrington & Associates, Inc., brings more than 20 years of varied management and leadership experience to bear on our clients’ leadership and organizational challenges, including a leadership vision shaped by two and a half decades of experience in the U.S. Air Force and several high performing organizations. He brings out the best in organizations by in-depth analysis of their (in) effectiveness and strengthens their leadership team with tailored development and coaching.
Carrington believes that most people never reach their full potential because they fail to step up and take responsibility for their personal actions and the resulting outcomes (wishing on a star is easier). He loves helping leaders understand the impact – both positive and negative – they’re having on the organization and feels most rewarded when they learn vicariously from his own experiences to improve both professionally and personally. He likes the trend he sees in companies today that recognize the value and impact of positive transformational leadership, even as many struggle to achieve it.
Raised mostly in a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi (those who know him say he really didn’t “grow up” until his mid-20’s), his dad was looking for discipline, and he was looking for adventure when he joined the Air Force as a medical technician, became part of an emergency medicine team, and a few years later became part of an aeromedical evacuation crew. He proudly served for over 10 years, including in the first Gulf War combat zone (we knew it as Desert Shield/Desert Storm). Carrington got his first real experience in intentional leadership from a tough-as-nails Chief Master Sergeant and understood that voluntarily giving superior performance to a leader was very different than performing out of fear of punishment. That type of intentional, influential leadership is what he tries to inspire at Carrington & Associates.
Carrington’s Air Force service landed him in Texas, and he never left (he considers himself a Texan without the twang). He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting (Hardin-Simmons), an MBA with an emphasis in International Business and Human Resource Development, and leadership experience in business sectors that include investment & insurance, transportation/logistics, retail, and manufacturing. The most influential role model in his corporate life was a 30+ year iconic leader that needed some help with people skills – and not only got it, but applied it at that late stage of his career, shared it with those around him and brought even more success to the company. Carrington learned what it meant to mentor others by being mentored and how to keep from making things more complicated than they have to be.
His advice to newbie leaders is to listen and observe (in other words, shut up and watch), find the leaders who others are following and emulate what they do that is different from the rest. That’s how leadership is built.
When he’s not chasing around his 10 and 16-year-olds, he’s either in the dojo continuing his fourth black belt journey or on the studio dance floor preparing for his next ballroom dance competition.