5 August 2013 By Donald Ritchie, Dept of Justice

What makes someone a leader? Is it different to being a manager? Can someone be both? 

These are just some of the questions raised on my first day at Leadership Victoria's 'Igniting Leadership' course. 

My first taste of the 'LV Way' challenges even than description - course? Seminar? Training? It has been all these and more. Time for individual reflections, interesting guest speakers and an assortment of group tasks kept us energised and thinking. 

The day was well-structured, allowing time for a number of activities, and importantly, time to talk, discuss and reflect on questions and insights. 

In addition to personal insights from the inspiring Matt Pfahlert and  the passionate Guy Mendelson, Day 1 focused on engaging with one another, and with our expectations. 

It's remarkable that a number of people with often similar goals can have such varied backgrounds and experiences. Stories shared emphasized both the strength of our diversity and the familiarity of the workplace and career challenges we face. 

I am looking forward to discovering more about one another as we progress.

On to Day 2!