After 30 years in various leadership roles in the Australian Military and the corporate world I believe I can safely say I’ve seen the full range of the various different training and development programs, methodologies, packages and approaches.
I’ve always been interested in leadership, what it means to be a leader, what makes a good leader, are leaders born or can you develop leadership skills? Ever since I first joined the military I read books on military strategy, autobiographies of the great generals and strategic commanders such as Erwin Rommel, and Claude Auchinleck. I have always worked hard on improving my own leadership abilities and keeping up to date on emerging theories.
My military training and my time as a commander taught me about the importance of team dynamics and how to successfully lead people under extremely stressful conditions so that specific objectives could still be accomplished.
Because all this seemed like common sense and came so naturally to me it wasn’t until I left the military and started working in the corporate environment that I discovered my knowledge and abilities were transferable.
Whatever position I was in, I’d naturally end up in some kind of leadership role, and thoroughly enjoyed being able to get a whole team to work together to achieve a collective outcome.