Authenticity

Being a leader there's a lot of pressure to perform in a certain way, sound a certain way. Just we have this unusual concept of the hero leader that doesn't show emotions, has all the answers somehow, on the white charger with a sword flashing in the sunlight. They have all this mythology around, these sort of heroic leadership, and it's just not true.

I think that the best thing that we can do is be truly who we're built to be. I think we're all given talents and abilities, personalities, and we were kind of unique.

Every one of us is totally unique, and the closer we can be to truly being authentically who we're created to be, the more effective we will be.

As soon as we put up our mask, as soon as we try and be somebody else, it kind of clouds who we genuinely are and stops us being truly authentic. I think truly effective authenticity and effectiveness are synonymous. If we are who we are, if we're operating in the gifts and talents that we have and the opportunities that...

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Collaboration

Today I’m talking about collaboration. Now you think as a leader, that the fundamental of leadership is you can’t do it by yourself, and it’s very true, yet a lot of leaders really rely on their own volition, their own capability, their own experience to try and activate what it is that they’re trying to lead.

Today with the marketplace moving so quickly - so much disruption, so many things going on, the old commander control methodology of leadership just doesn’t work anymore so we have to wrestle with how do we activate the collective intelligence, the collective experience of those around us.

It’s all about collaboration, creating a culture of collaboration and getting people to collaborate to a consistent, clear outcome.

I ran Gloria Jeans as I may have mentioned before. I was the group managing director there for a couple of years doing the turn around and it was a difficult situation. We had a lot of stakeholders, a lot of issues,...

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