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Above: Houssam Abiad, Chair Alexandrea Cannon, Jane MacFarlane and CEO Cathie Brown.
New leaders for the Leaders Institute

The Leaders Institute Board is very pleased to welcome two new board members. Houssam Abiad FGLF 2008 who is a business man, Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide, Chair of the Australia Day Council of SA, Chair of the Council for Australian-Arab Relations and a director of the Adelaide Central Market and Jane MacFarlane FGLF 2018 who is the CEO of the Helpmann Academy. We are sure they will be an asset to the organisation and help us to deliver on our Strategic Plan's aim which is to broaden and deepen our impact.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23 at our new location, UniSA's Yungondi Building (just by the CityWest Tram Stop) with drinks from 5pm, meeting at 5.30pm, then drinks, nibbles and interacting. Our guest speaker is new Board Member Houssam Abiad. The main item of business at the brief AGM will be the noting of the annual financial result and voting to extend Board member Alexandrea Cannon for an additional term. We'd love to see you there (and we need a quorum from alumni and foundation members) — please let us know if you can come and if not, nominate a proxy.

Leadership capability building

Do you know someone who’s ready to take their leadership capability to the next level? Our upcoming Integral Leader program is especially designed to grow the confidence, perspective, strategy and people skills of team leaders and emerging leaders.
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The program includes sessions on leading change, leading teams, putting leadership theories into practice and powerful communications. There is also a 360 degree assessment and coaching. Successful completion will result in one credit towards a UniSA MBA.

Thanks to Bank Australia, we also have a full scholarship available for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander participant.

The next intake is on May 8 and positions are limited so take action now.
Upcoming events
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Lunch with leaders – April 17
In our new series we are offering GLF alumni the opportunity to hear firsthand in an intimate boardroom setting about the challenges faced by SA’s leaders – and to meet other alumni.

April's Leaders Lunch features Credit Union SA CEO Grant Strawbridge talking about his highs and lows of leadership and building a culture of belonging in an organisation.
Grant’s experience includes managing corporate strategic initiatives relating to mutual mergers, organisational transformation and design, large entity acquisitions, organisation wide re-engineering programs, enterprise wide risk management programs and finance, technology and balance sheet management. Hear from Grant and mix with other alumni. Secure your seat here.
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Brené Brown Live
The Leaders Institute of South Australia is excited to be partnering with The Growth Faculty and is offering discounted tickets to Brené Brown - Brave Leaders and Courageous Cultures.

One of our favourite TED talkers and a research professor at the University of Houston, Brené Brown has spent the past 20 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. Brené is the five times No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, Braving the Wilderness and The Gifts of Imperfection. She spent the last seven years focusing on courageous leadership to produce her latest book, Dare To Lead.

The Leaders Institute has negotiated a special discount price to attend her talks in Sydney and Melbourne. For more information or to reserve seats, click here. for more information or to reserve your seats.
Leadership Thinking
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Ideas-based leadership or appeals to emotion and prejudice?
This issue we highlight the Kenneth Myer lecture by long-term political journalist Laura Tingle who ponders what constitutes leadership and what we expect of it in the modern age. She discusses the expanded role of our political leaders which she says is now to define not only where the country is headed, “They are asked to move into the moral realm in the absence of churches and asked to define what is acceptable behaviour in business, asked to define the nature of our culture and national values.”
She believes this can mean leadership is less about ideas but more about stirring the emotion and prejudices of followers. “The demise of frameworks of ideas-based leadership too easily leave a void to be filled by leadership based on emotion and prejudice. History tells us that it can lead to nationalism and scapegoating and if the status of other institutions have been diminished … the risks of political leaders emerging to exploit emotion and prejudice are dramatically increased.” Read the essay here.
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Notions of love
On a lighter note but equally important, are the foundations of our family structures. What is love and are the competitive love at first sight notions portrayed on tv in shows like Married at First Sight what we should be basing our society on? The author of Love Factually – The science of how and why we love speaks entertainingly on this topic on the ABC.
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Leadership in the media
In Australia on average, our top CEOs are in their roles for double the time (8.5 years) of our political leaders. A recent report from Isentia, the media monitoring firm, makes interesting reading as it explores leaders in the media and goes “beyond the headlines to analyse the nature of leadership and to question how we measure our leaders and role models”. Click here to read the report.
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Beyond polarisation
At a time when our political debate is dominated by polarisation and dysfunctional tribalism, how do we get on the same page and move forward. This book explores why we are polarised and provides ideas for how we can establish trust and commonality with each other. "We're all stuck here for a while," concludes author Jonathan Haidt, "So let's try to work it out."
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GLF Alumni news
Amit Sareen FGLF 2018 has recently been promoted to the role of Chief Inspector at SA Police. Amit credits the Leaders Institute for helping him to achieve his new role. “I want to thank you for the difference GLF 2018 made to me … My learnings during the GLF were instrumental in displaying the improvement during the selection process. During the interview, I kept going back to my values, my beliefs and my handbrake. Something I wouldn’t have used in the past. I really thank you for the exceptional work you do to make long term changes to someone’s life.”
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Vanessa Altmann FGLF 2013 has fulfilled an ambition to work across multiple beverages by taking up a role as the Business Manager across the three brands Hills Cider, Mismatch Brewing and Adelaide Hills Distillery, as well as running her own wine label Switch Wine.
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A five-day seminar looking at how to improve health and aged care through an integral framework will be co-presented by Dr Jörg Strobel FGLF 2009. The seminar provides the opportunity to take a deep dive into the unpacking of challenges with a focus on generating measurable value and impact in all quadrants. Find out more about the seminar which runs from October 23 – 27, 2019.

Interested in being a board member?
Contemporary theatre and performance company Vitalstatistix is seeking expressions of interest for a Board Treasurer. Vitalstatistix is looking for an arts lover comfortable with MYOB financial reporting and being an ambassador for the cutting edge work of the company. Please send an EOI and Resume, to

Let us know if you have recently been in the media or taken on a new leadership position so we can include your news in our next edition.
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Quote of the month
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."

Martin Luther King, Jr.
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