Reflections from Boroondara Leadership Program 2015

1 September 2015 By Andrew Kerr, Kate Brewster & Matthew Paynter

13 August 2015

With the reflection of a busy Day One at the forefront out of minds, we eagerly entered our ‘Outlook’ room for another engaging day. We commenced by carefully considering the ‘Accidental Leadership’ displayed by Anne Leadbeater OAM in her presentation about her important role in the aftermath of the Black Saturday Bushfires.

Like Anne’s presentation, we were all keen to explore our own leadership values and how they influence our working life. Intriguingly, we discovered that many of our values had common threads. These common threads, we thought, were all important for leadership in our organisation. We reflected on these values for the remainder of the day.

From values, we quickly moved to an exercise of West African drumming and percussion instruments. While many of us found ourselves in the ‘panic zone’ we were told to avoid, we quickly settled in to the rhythm and produced some bonza beats! Dancing soon followed, and even though the drinks had not started flowing, our energy had!

Soon after a well-deserved lunch, excitement filled the room as we were all handed envelopes with the details of our mentors for the next 7 months. This is something that we had all been looking forward to, as it will be our opportunity to be challenged and influenced by a range of amazing leaders in the Victorian business and public-sector communities.

During that afternoon we proceeded with our development plans in regard to our 360 feed - back which included discussions with our buddies on our goals and plans for moving forward. 

After a long tiresome day we are now all looking forward to some down time, chat and a quiet drink.


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