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  1. How to be a more mindful leader Jessica Hamilton 19-Jun-2019
  2. Reflections of a CFO: The highs, the lows and what’s next? Jessica Hamilton 22-May-2019
  3. The Australian economy: where are we headed, what impact will the Federal Budget have and what can we expect with the property market? Jessica Hamilton 16-Apr-2019
  4. Accounting jobs in Australia 2019: The impact of technology Carolyn Loton 09-Apr-2019
  5. Transforming from numbers to leadership: your career success starts with you Jessica Hamilton 11-Mar-2019

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Gary Margetson, Head of Shared Services, News Corporation

 

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Michelle Adam, Finance Manager, Woolworths

 

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Tim Howells, Software Controller, Microsoft

 

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Cherry Liu, Candidate

 

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Kristian Mertens, Chief Financial Officer, Norman Disney & Young

 

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Alessandra Rizzo, Commercial Analyst, Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited 

 

"Moir Group really stand out in comparison to other agencies, you work together as a team and genuinely are passionate about finding people a job. The fact that I felt this when I first met Moir Group and still feel it now means it must be an important part of your culture as a whole, it sets you apart from all other agencies. Moir Group are by far the best!”

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How to be a more mindful leader

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

As human beings, we all have the gift of being present and in the moment, it’s whether we choose to use it that makes the difference. That is real mindfulness.

Speaking at our most recent event, “Mindful Leadership in a Fast-Paced World,” Simon Rountree, CEO of Change Ready, said that we can all train and rewire our brain to be more mindful, and there are simple practices we, as leaders and human beings, can use in everyday life that will enable us to be more present, connected and engaged in our lives and at work, in order to make more meaningful and thoughtful decisions.  

“A mindful leader is consciously present in what they are doing, while they are doing it, by cultivating four fundamental skills: Focus, Curiosity, Noticing and Clarity,” says Simon.

FOCUS

On average, each day, we lose focus 47% of the time, says Simon. When we lose this focus, it derails us from where we are and what we need to do. The impact of this is that we're not connected or engaged with what we are doing. We operate on autopilot - absentmindedly. This could be as simple as typing emails at your desk, vaguely nodding in agreement while a colleague or staff member is trying to talk to you. 

So, what are some simple things you can do to regain your focus in the workplace and be a more mindful leader?  

  • Practice mindfulness – this is really just about taking a moment to close your eyes, focus on your breathing, disconnecting from the noise around you and being in the moment. It only needs to be a few minutes in a day, but by doing so, it helps you to better put things in perspective and gain more emotional control over your actions.  According to Simon, this awareness enables you to skilfully respond to situations/people rather than react automatically or impulsively.

  • Reset your brain – unless you train your brain to have focus, it will just follow random thought paths that are easy and take you off on a tangent, says Simon. Rejig your brain by taking a moment after a stressful meeting to pause, take a deep breath and calm your mind, before jumping into your next task. Acknowledge your thoughts and then let them go. This prevents you from taking those stresses with you to your next meeting and focus on what’s important.  

CURIOSITY

In order to be present as a leader, you actually have to be curious, says Simon. It’s about wanting to learn and being open to new ideas. It’s about wanting to be challenged and taken out of your comfort zone. It’s about having a genuine curiosity and thirst for knowledge from those around you.

A great technique to help you do this, says Simon, is RAAS:

  • Receive: pay attention to what someone is saying to you. Really listen. Look them in the eye.
  • Appreciate: show that you are listening. Nod, smile.
  • Ask: ask questions. Show a genuine interest in what they have to say.
  • Summarise: recap what they said to you, to show you’ve listened and understood.  


NOTICING

When we are not noticing what’s around us, we miss things and that’s where mistakes happen. It leads to poor communication and a misunderstanding of intentions.

According to Simon, the job of any good leader is to notice how your staff think and act, and whether they are ‘above-the-line thinkers’ (positive, optimistic, courageous, accountable, with a growth mindset) or ‘below-the-line thinkers’ (place blame, find problems not solutions, ignore or block others).

When you truly understand this, you know how to work with them and can support and guide them from being a ‘below-the-line’ thinker to an ‘above-the-line thinker’ so they can perform at their best.

“A great leader should always be an above-the-line thinker. They are authentic, optimistic, accountable, have the courage to take action, back themselves and their teams, and open to giving and receiving feedback,” says Simon.  

A few other things you can do to take more notice, and support better decision making, says Simon, are:

  • Only do task at a time. The more you multitask the more addictive it gets, and it becomes unproductive.
  • Implement the “5 Second Rule.” If you’ve been putting off or delaying a task, you’re wasting more time and energy on these thoughts, that just doing it. Countdown to yourself: 5,4,3,2,1 and then just do it. No excuses.  
  • Slow down to speed up – effective leaders reflect to make the best decisions and actions.
  • Get a distraction pad – write things down that may distract you from your task. This frees them from your mind and helps you to get back to what matters.

CLARITY

The final tool to help you be a more mindful leader, is to operate with clarity, not ambiguity, says Simon. This is about setting and stating intentions before meetings or big projects and asking yourself and others, three important questions:

  • Why are we doing this?
  • What is our intention?
  • What is the outcome/why does it matter?

“High performers constantly seek clarity. They work hard to shift out distractions, so they focus on what is important,” says Simon.

For more great tips and insights from Simon, you can head to www.changeready.com.au

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Transforming from numbers to leadership: your career success starts with you

Monday, March 11, 2019


“Self-reflection has been a big part of my career. I’ve been through many highs and lows, which have included: being made redundant 3 times through takeovers; experienced two ‘career deaths’ and have taken time out from being burnt out.”

That was one of the many insights shared by the inspiring David Grbin, CFO for W.H. Soul Pattinson at our most recent emerging leaders’ event.

Sharing his knowledge and wisdom about his career journey, he spoke about what it takes to make that leap from a technical, numbers-driven finance professional into a transformational leadership role like a CFO; but in the context of knowing yourself and your worth, being aware of those around you and having the courage and the knowledge to know that you can’t go it alone.

The journey to self-discovery – what’s holding you back?

“We all move through three stages in life (and work) constantly: order, disorder, reorder… my main piece of advice would be to read your life backwards, so that you can move forward,” says David.

The purpose of this is to self-reflect, understand what your core offering is to future employers and take control, rather than reacting to the challenges you are presented with.

It’s also about being able to take a step back and look at the impact you have, as a leader, on those around you. Often in our careers, and life, we’re so focused on our own tasks and responsibilities, that we’re not paying attention to what’s going on around us.

“In a job, even after you’ve gone, the decisions you made will have lasting impact,” says David.

His advice? 

  • Take time out to stop and reflect – what impact do you want to have?
  • Let go of what people are telling you about life.
  • Listen to your own inner voice.
  • Harness the power of your imagination – we are all unique. Figure out what your value is.
  • Don’t be so reactive all the time and pushed to think or act a certain way.
  • Listen and learn from others – collect advice, ideas, insights and use them to help you move forward.

How to take that next step and move forward in your career

So, what do you do when you find yourself at a point in your career where you’re in unchartered territory? According to David, there are a few things that helped him to go from surviving to thriving.

“I stopped being a ‘firefighting CFO’ to a calm, collected and self-assured CFO who knew what he was doing and where he was going,” says David.

  • Don’t try to go it alone: no one person is an island. Reach out to others, bring them in to what you’re doing. You can’t change your mindset by yourself – let others help you and show you what areas you need to work on.
  • Find a coach: someone who is objective, knows business, and people.
  • Network: the real value of networking is making a genuine connection with someone, building trust and being able to support them on their journey. Don’t just think about what they can do for you, but what you can do for them.
  • Learn from those ahead of you: talk to people who have been there before you, you never know what nuggets of gold they may have to share.
  • Give back: help others, not for your own personal reward, but just to support someone on their own journey.   

The key to being a great leader

“I spent much of my late 20s to 30s accumulating technical skills in my career. But, then, one day you get to a point where they are no longer enough. You walk into the unknown and you have to evolve in order to move forward,” says David. 

When you get to the CFO level, it’s no longer just about your technical expertise, says David, but your ability to understand and build relationships with people, get to know the whole business and bring people along on the journey.

The role of the CFO is many things – but the most important things to remember, that it’s not just about the numbers, but the people. A truly successful leader will:

  • Focus on giving back and developing others – without expecting anything in return.
  • Know where they have the most impact and can drive positive change.
  • Work to their strengths and not try to be everything to everyone.
  • Know how to tell a story and take everyone along on the journey – and it can’t be all about the numbers. 
  • Be a trusted advisor to the CEO (which can take some time to establish, it doesn’t happen overnight).
  • Know that it’s okay to show vulnerability, as it helps you to be a better leader. We’re all human at the end of the day. 

If you would like support with your career journey, get in contact with us today on (02) 9262 4836. 

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Key Points From Craig Foster’s "The Last Great Sporting Frontier”

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

With the FIFA World Cup now underway, we’ve been reflecting on some of the key messages from Craig Foster’s recent Moir Group Event. Craig spoke on long term planning, leadership and culture, as well as the passion required to lead a team to the World Cup. Here are some of my key take aways:

  • Literacy – the first battle was generating an interest in soccer in an otherwise sporting obsessed nation. While it is elsewhere referred to as the World’s Game, it took a while for soccer to find a foothold in Australia. One key battle for the long term plan of the game was to raise "soccer literacy" across the whole country to a higher level. Likewise, when you think about the long term plan of your company or team, focus on building a higher level of understanding across the whole, and not just at an individual level.
  • Redouble your efforts – resilience is always key; don’t give up and keep moving forward. “Fail, then learn and do it better. And then fail again, and learn to do it better”
  • Be clear on your values – you have to be clear on who you are and what your goals and values are. For a culture to develop that you are proud of and that you want to be a part of, you have to actively create it. “Don’t try and play a game that isn’t yours.”
  • Passion. Passion drives this game, but it has to drive your team too. As a leader, you are responsible for inspiring the passion in your team.
  • Analyse what you have to work with before coming up with a plan
  • Consistency – once you have you values, stick to them, and keep sticking to them. To create a culture that works, consistency is key.
  • As a leader, your ability to be proud of your work and your goals inspires others to follow suit and take pride as well.
  • Diversity – a more diverse team is a better team; a more diverse company is a better company.
  • Best practice example – the Matildas. They work as a team and are a great example of an equality driven culture.

As always, if we can assist with any accounting/finance recruitment needs in your business on either a temporary or a permanent basis we would be delighted to do so. We cover all roles from junior entry roles up to Group CFO.

For more information on upcoming events, please visit our upcoming events page here, and keep an eye out for more events coming soon.

Written by Andrew Pownall, Senior Associate - Executive Search

P: 02 9262 4836  

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Key Points From Andrew Cartledge's The Journey to CFO - How to Gain the Right Experience

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Moir Group hosted Andrew Cartledge the CFO of Wise Tech Global at our first Emerging Leaders event for 2018. He spoke about his journey to CFO - and how to gain the right experience. Here are some of my key takeaways from his presentation:

  • Have a concise clear message when talking to you manager/s (only a dozen bullet points). He learnt this in the global audit division and it has been key ever since in his roles.
  • Things get thrown at you, sit down and come up with a plan. Talk to people you know and get their advice on a solution. Know when to put up your hand and ask for help – could be internally or externally.
  • He took a side step from a divisional CFO role into a financial planning and analysis role in a bigger business. It gave him access to the CFO and the headquarters. Take those kinds of risks and recognise them for what they are - opportunities. Many of Andrew's roles were brand new and didn’t exist previously.
  • If you get the chance to get into a large scale financial planning and analysis role, take it. Andrew learnt the most in this role technically, commercially and communications wise.
  • As a manager - trust your team and “get out of the way”. Give them your views and then guide them. He grew the most when he “got out of the way”. He developed, and his team developed.
  • You must confront the challenges in your career. Need to trust senior people, that they have your best interests at heart.
  • Ask where the business is going to grow in the medium term. What role will you play in this over the medium term.
  • Be willing to take a step, use judgment, but there is some luck in it.
  • Be flexible and inquisitive. Andrew went on a fixed term assignment overseas. You get to build networks locally and overseas and develop a global network of people filled with different backgrounds and experiences.
  • Don’t ever stop learning. There are always new opportunities to develop new skills - take on the challenge. 

We host these Emerging Leaders events once a quarter, so please keep an eye on our event's page here if you are interested in attending the next one.

Written by Stephen Moir, Director

P: 02 9262 4836  M: 0431 895 236 stephenmoir@moirgroup.com.au

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Key Points From Simon Smith's The Neuroscience Of Leadership & People Engagement

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Today we were lucky to have an insight into the Neuroscience behind good leadership and developing engaged and high performing teams.

Simon Smith from Southern Cross Coaching and Development gave an engaging talk and shared practical take away tools, to help lead, inspire and develop teams. An informative and interactive presentation, as we had the opportunity to examine model brains.

Some of my key takeaways from this event are:

  • Coaching is not about telling people what to do, rather it is about listening and letting them come up with solutions and helping them engage the “thinking part” of their brain.
  • Good leadership comes from making your team feel valued and supported and then, in a non-threating work environment, the team will really enjoy what they do and add true value.
  • Treating individuals as real people, is the key to creating high performing and engaged teams.
  • By asking questions in a new way and truly listening, individuals and teams will shine, and businesses will flourish.  

It was a truly unique and inspirational presentation and gave us all a different way to think about the way we lead and how we like to be led.  Also, how we can create a culture of forward thinking and innovative people, who love their jobs and feel motivated. 

The Moir Group were delighted to have Simon speak for us and his scientific approach to creating the ideal job and work environment links directly to our Moir Group purpose of everyone striving for a satisfying job and a fulfilling life.

Written by Karen Ryan – Director Moir Group

For more information on Simon and his work – head to his website here. To find out more about upcoming events, please visit our events page here.

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Key Points From Shane Oliver's Economic Outlook for 2018 Event

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Here are some of the key takeaways I had from our recent Moir Group event, Shane Oliver's Economic Outlook for 2018.

  • In 2018 there will be no recession in Australia, but no boom either in the economy.
  • The Australian economy is going to do okay in 2018. It is more constrained in Australia versus overseas.
  • Under employment is high in Australia versus the US.
  • Europe is looking stronger. France is on a better path.
  • Housing market in Sydney is slowing. However, there will not be a crash.
  • Interest rates to remain low in Australia in 2018.
  • The political situation in Australia could start to impact confidence.
  • The Services sector is where the growth is coming from in Australia.

Our next event is on November 22nd - “The Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Australian Consumer Goods Markets” presented by Trent Duvall – National Leader consumer products KPMG Australia. If you would like to attend, please let us know events@moirgorup.com.au

We host the economic events once a quarter, so please keep an eye on our event's page here if you are interested in attending the next one.

Written by Stephen Moir, Director

P: 02 9262 4836  M: 0431 895 236 stephenmoir@moirgroup.com.au  

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The Science Behind Leadership

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The Science Behind Leadership

Speaking at a Moir Group event 26th July, Simon Smith from Southern Cross Coaching and Development shared his insights with 90 attendees delving into the neuroscience behind the way we all think, feel and engage with each other, and how this impacts our leadership skills.  

“We’re more likely to need leaders who are good at facilitating new solutions than having all the answers.” (De Valk, Penna Talent Practise, June 2014) The challenges leaders faced today amongst others are that they need to create an engaged, high performance, agile, resilient and innovative culture and team……..and quickly!

Humans are designed to survive and thinking helps us survive. 5 times as much brain circuitry is dedicated to threat assessment than towards a reward response.  But what can you do to create the right environment? Reduce your threat response by increasing your reward response.

Good leadership comes from making your team feel valued and supported. Combine that with a non-threatening work environment, and the team will then come up with ideas and really enjoy what they do. A coaching leadership style is the style of the future. It’s about treating everyone how you would like to be treated, listening, asking and following through. Coaching with compassion not only builds engagement but resilience and empowerment as well.

Simon delved deeper into this coaching leadership style by explaining his idea around social motivators, coaching conversations and brain based coaching.  He asked us to think about our current leadership style and in turn how we would like to be led and provided us with tips on creating a culture of forward thinking and innovative people. An example that he suggests using is asking ‘questions not queggestions’ and getting people to come up with their own solutions. Even with times of change in a company these methods can be used by looking at what you can do rather than what can’t be done.

This links directly to the Moir Group purpose of striving for a satisfying job and fulfilling life and we were delighted to have Simon present to us. If you would like to hear from the Moir Group stay up to date and join our community by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter or liking us on Facebook. 

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Critical Leadership Qualities In A Rapidly Changing World

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Critical Leadership Qualities In A Rapidly  Changing World

Today’s leaders are navigating increasing speed, complexity and disruption. While leadership development has grown into a significant global industry, traditional approaches to executive education have struggled to keep up with the dramatic pace of change, which is leaving leaders ill-equipped in uncertain times.  
 
While the changing context is creating opportunity for some, it is leaving others behind. Surprisingly, many of those who find themselves compromised have enjoyed successful careers and commercial success.  This raises the question:  what does it take to thrive in an uncertain world? 
 

Julie Birtles is a pioneer in developing innovative approaches to leadership development, which has shaped a generation of leaders who have the capability and confidence to lead in challenging times.  On Monday 22nd May, Julie will share her insights in how you can develop these skills.

 
 For more details head to our Events Page
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Trends And Why Leaders Of Tomorrow Need To Understand Consumers"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Trends and why leaders of tomorrow need to understand consumers" - Reflections on Simon Corah's recent presentation

In the workplace of today, many of us are dealing with multiple short term demands and a pressure to fight fires. It is not always easy to find or justify the time to consider trends in the wider market, with questions such as "where is the market going?" and "how do we ensure our strategy focuses forwards, not backwards?" So, how do we discern between trends and fads?

This post argues that to be successful, leaders of tomorrow need to find that elusive time and focus, no matter what your background or function, and balancing short term demands with a deep commitment to understanding consumers.

According to a Simon Corah, CEO of the Sydney based Growth Mantra consultancy, trends are integral to strategy, and if we ignore trends or misinterpret them as passing fads, we are at risk of being left behind, with such high profile examples include Kodak and Nokia.

Simon argues that it is consumers that leaders of tomorrow, should look to because consumers set trends.  By focusing on consumers and what consumers are doing, we can gain those valuable insights and a deeper understanding of where to head next. 

At a recent Moir Group event, Simon highlighted the following eight super- trends:

PersonalisationThink some of the latest health apps. Google Health sells tailored health insurance based on your unique DNA and is one of the fastest growing health insurance offers globally.


Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. - It is predicted that automation will grow exponentially in the next few years.  On the one hand many jobs are predicted to become obsolete.  One example often sited is routine compliance work.  Yet on the other hand, a new breed of jobs are likely to grow in their place, including those of which we haven't yet heard much, such as automation ethicists or automation economists.


Share economy. - This trend is already well underway - consumers are demonstrating less interest in ownership and more interest in paid access or subscription.  Air BnB is one example.  Another is Spotify.


Open Innovation.- The STAR Alliance in the airline industry illustrates the trend towards collaboration in instances where there is no geographic competition.


Transparency.   - Simon's example for this super-trend is Nike.  Remember the storm in negative publicity that Nike experienced when the public learned of their abusive labour practices.  Manufacture was outsourced overseas with workers being paid as little as 14c per hour.  Having hit rock-bottom, Nike used transparency to address the potentially catastrophic scenario, publicly acknowledging their issues and printing a full list of contracted factories.  Nike improved overseas workers pay and conditions, and published a detailed report on working conditions -'warts and all', embracing transparency to rebuild trust with consumers. 


Simplification.  An obsession for us at Moir Group and many leading businesses who continually strive to reduce complexity and get closer to making the customer journey as easy as possible.  Amazon is seen as a world class benchmark in simplifying the consumer experience.


Privacy and Security.   - Another trend with which we are already grappling with.  Large companies such as Facebook and Google hold vast amounts of personal data.  What level of privacy are we as consumers prepared to accept?  Concurrently, as businesses we are all gaining more and more information about current and potential customers.  How do we make use of this rich information responsibly, protecting the safety and interests of our consumers and ourselves?


Convergence.  - The traditional distinction between many industries is blurring and as businesses evolve and adapt to the rapidly changing landscape, another super trend relates to convergence.  The home furnishing business IKEA is also known for its food. Is Apple Home a technology offer, a home improvement or an electronics service?  And importantly, what business are you in?


Bluetooth-enabled bandaging can now monitor and potentially revolutionise wound care.  How about a Light N Easy menu based on your unique genome?  Can a 3D printer produce a replacement human organ?  Metromile's pay per mile insurance is an example of personalised insurance, which is extremely attractive  to low mileage drivers.  And swim suits can now alert the wearer when they are getting burned.  While we don't know what will work, if we don't try we will be the next Kodak? By gaining a deep understanding of consumers, their current behaviour and where they are moving, leaders of tomorrow give themselves the best chance of adapting to our rapidly changing world and the best opportunities for future success.


If you'd like to know more about Moir Group's progress in developing a deeper .understanding of our candidates and clients, I would love to hear from you, please contact me on 02 9262 4836 or stephenmoir@moirgroup.com.au.


And to learn more about Simon Corah's exciting work at Growth Mantra, see www.growthmantra.com.au



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Get Real Boss; Unlocking Potential Through Authentic Leadership with Mark Bilton, Managing Director, Thought Patrol Pty Ltd

Monday, March 13, 2017

Moir Group recently hosted Mark Bilton, Managing Director of Thought Patrol, who delivered some insights on how to overcome some of the many challenges faced by the leaders of today and what qualities make a modern leader. Mark drew on his more than 20 years of experience as a CEO where he led organisations through transformation, cultural and strategic change. Mark led companies such as Gloria Jeans, where he oversaw in 40 countries, Hagameyer Brands and Charles Parsons, and is now Managing Director of Thought Patrol whose aim is to ‘enable leaders and their organisations to realise their full potential’.

Traditional ideas of leadership have included the likes of dictation, power and self-promotion, however, many organisations and business leaders of today are understanding the importance of leadership for the benefit and betterment of a larger group. Everything stems from leadership, most of us know the phrase, “People don’t leave bad companies – they leave bad bosses”, we hold expectations of leaders and of ourselves in leadership roles. Yet trying to be something we are not is unrealistic, unrewarding and not sustainable. Mark examined exactly what makes an effective leader and how exactly businesses will be able to move forward in the modern age of technological advances, globalisation, and evolving needs of employees.

Even with the abundance of information available today, CEO’s and senior managers know that to stimulate their workforce they need to create a strong culture that meets the needs of those under their direction, so how do leaders set about creating a productive working environment? Mark talked about how today's employees need to feel part of the decision-making process and shaping the overall vision, leaders need to adopt a collaborative approach as well as inspiring employees towards a vision and establishing confidence and trust. Leaders also need to be influential, others are more likely to accept your ideas or direction, authority implies no such acceptance, people often obstruct change and initiatives because of resistance to authority.

A key component for building trust with others is empathy, show that you are aware of your employee's feelings and appreciate those feelings, even when you don’t agree with them, it builds trust. Innovation is also key to distinguishing between a leader and a follower. Mark commented, ‘if your environment is too structured innovation does not thrive, challenge the status quo and make sure innovative ideas are listened to’. Who you are ultimately drives what you do and how you perform, it is important for leaders to find balance in their life and ‘respect your authentic self’, being grounded often results in more effective decision making.

A strong leader is passionate about what they do and the people they are doing it with, they have strong convictions, John Maxwell said that ‘a great leader’s courage to fulfil his vision comes from passion, not position’. Finally, being ethical means doing the right thing, even when doing the right thing isn’t popular or easy to accomplish, Mark said that ‘if you not a moral or ethical person you really have nothing’.

       

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