Brian Murray: How Great Leaders Support Mental Health

Mission Facilitators International
Nov 7, 2023
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In a world where many leaders overlook the importance of mental health, one CEO dared to break the mold. Brian Murray, the Chief Executive Officer at Ryan Companies, embarked on a journey that would forever change the workplace landscape. Little did he know, his personal struggles would become the driving force behind a movement that would transform the lives of his employees. But what was the unexpected twist that propelled Murray to become a champion for mental health? Stay tuned as we uncover the profound impact of his vulnerability and accountability on the Ryan Companies team.


About Brian Murray:

Brian Murray, currently the Chief Executive Officer of Ryan Companies, is responsible for overseeing the company’s strategic initiatives, with a particular focus on organizational finances, operations, and administration. He joined Ryan in 2009, initially as Chief Financial Officer and later as Chief Operating Officer, where he led construction operations and shared services functions.

Brian actively engages with industry leaders through the Construction Industry Roundtable and serves as a board member of the PrairieCare Fund, promoting mental health awareness in schools. He also has a history of leadership, having been the former board chair of the Twin Cities Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, a college preparatory institution for under-resourced youth. His affiliations include the Construction Industry Roundtable, the PrairieCare Fund, and past roles on the boards of The Saint Paul Seminary, Saint John Vianney College Seminary, and the Catholic Community Foundation.


In this episode, Dean Newlund and Brian Murray discuss how to:

  • Cultivate a supportive workplace culture: Discover how to create an environment that fosters employee well-being and boosts team productivity.
  • Empower leaders through empathy and vulnerability: Learn the transformative power of empathy and vulnerability in building strong and effective teams.
  • Harness belief as a unifying force: Uncover how to inspire and rally your team around a shared vision, driving collaboration and success.
  • The impact of mental health on leadership: Gain insights into the importance of prioritizing mental health in leadership to enhance individual and organizational performance.
  • Open communication as a catalyst for success: Explore the benefits of fostering open and transparent communication in teams, leading to increased trust, innovation, and problem-solving.


“Good leadership looks and feels like serving others, being vulnerable and holding people accountable.” — Brian Murray


Connect with Brian Murray:  

Website URL: https://www.ryancompanies.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-murray-07403829/


Connect with Dean:

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deannewlund/

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Email: dean.newlund@mfileadership.com

Phone: 1-800-926-7370



Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez


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