Before working at Leading Teams, I worked for over 15 years in team development and personal development, using the vehicle of experiential learning to bring out people’s natural behaviour when under pressure. I have always been interested in how people behave and watching people apply what they have learnt to improve.
How would you like to be described by your family, friends, and clients?
I would like to be described as Genuine, Resilient, Compassionate and someone with a thirst for Learning.
Genuine because what you see is what you get. I do not pretend to be someone I am not.
Resilient because I believe the reward is so much greater when you push through adversity. Anyone can give up when times are tough.
Compassionate because I gain strength from supporting people other when they need it most, and; A Learner because I get energy from reading and applying different ways of thinking and doing. Learning is a never-ending journey.
What is your favourite piece of leadership advice, or quote?
“If you get the little things right, the big things will take care of themselves”
I love this quote because it talks to what we can control and focus’ on the behaviours of ownership, accountability and responsibility. Regardless of what role we are playing, focusing on what we can control channels positive energy and influences others to do the same.
What does success look like with a client?
Every team we work with is at a different stage of becoming a high-performing team. What we need to agree on before we commence work is that the team are willing and able to improve. Success with a client means they have shifted their behaviour and effectiveness with each other towards a place of increased/improved performance. A team’s performance has a direct link to the behaviour of individuals in the team, particularly the leader. I get huge reward from watching individuals step up and put the team first.
Tell us about your culture and leadership experience?
Over the last 25 years I have worked across different industries and for different leaders. These experiences have shaped who I am today. Regardless of whether the experience was productive or unproductive, there has always been something for me to learn and apply in my own leadership style. Often, it is the reflective piece which has the most impact. Looking back on different experiences and truly appreciating individuals that took the time to care and show support during difficult times. I know I am a better person today from having these people in my life.