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Maree McKeown

I joined Leading Teams after managing my own successful leadership consultancy based in Melbourne. Over the years I have had the privilege of working with some of Australia’s most senior leaders and executive teams in banking, public sector departments and agencies, tertiary education, logistics, automotive industry, manufacturing, science, engineering, telecommunications, retail giants, NFP’s and numerous other large organisations and SME’s. My work has taken me all over Australia and occasionally overseas, including 3 years working and living in Germany.

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How would you like to be described by your family, friends, and clients?

I would like to be described as excellent at what I do by my clients; loyal and reliable by my friends; unconditionally available by my family and; overall, a hardworking, intelligent and engaging person who genuinely makes a positive difference in all aspects of my life.

What is your favourite piece of advice, or quote?

“You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality. Try it and see.”- Margaret Atwood

What does success look like with a client?

Success for a client is reflected back in how they see themselves, how they are perceived by others and how successfully they perform from a cultural and operational perspective. True success is both felt and seen with intimate and far reaching positive impact. It will be measured in KPI’s and business outcomes and felt in conversations, relationships and behaviours. When a business can say it operates from trust rather than fear and with collaboration rather than dislocation they are well on their way to experiencing what success truly is all about.

Tell us about your culture and leadership experience?

I believe leadership begins at home and reaches out across my neighbourhood, community, family, friends, colleagues and clients. It’s a long list reaching out to all of humanity and it begins with me being truly who I am all of the time. I’m not perfect, but I strive constantly to live by a motto of non-judgement, and inclusivity even when it challenges my own beliefs and ideals. I’m sure my clients would tell you I’m tough, but it comes from a place of deep regard and possibility, rather than arrogance or insecurity: that’s true leadership.

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