I left Perth to travel to the UK and Europe to learn as much as possible about leadership, management, communication and mentoring from business-renowned leaders and community folk. I was not disappointed. My journey was filled with thought-provoking conversations, life-changing insights, and many strategies to support my work in the corporate and education space.
Rest assured, the trip was not just about work, I did rest as well.
Some of the tips and tricks I learned and or was reminded about include:
- The learning zone is where psychological safety thrives.
- Human-centred leadership is more about compassion than empathy and sympathy.
- Paradoxical leadership must consider re-evaluating leadership practices and mindsets.
- Balance is more about what works for you than fulfilling a framework others use.
- Put first things first.
- Open and valid discussions bounded by a consensus frame agreed to by all stakeholders are critical in ensuring everyone’s voice and place is valued in an organisation.
- Nepotism and cronyism do not work. These destroy workplace culture and organisational reputation.
- Be kind to yourself.
- Mistakes are essential to learning – Fail forward as much as possible.
- Honour people for who and what they are rather than thinking about how they can serve you. Networking should be an authentic process of honouring dignity.
Thank you to all those people who took the time to meet with me, share their wisdom with incredible generosity and open a pathway of future planning and thinking. Thank you.
For your reference, I have added a photo of a moonlit evening taken in Brna, a village on the island of Korcula in Croatia.