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Above: 2019 GLF Group
Building a tribe

The 2019 Governor's Leadership Foundation started with an inspiring and connecting opening retreat at Hahndorf. When asked what their sources of inspiration were during the three days, responses included:

"Without a doubt it was the community of people around me, whether through the shared vulnerability of the 'My Stories', or how authentically everyone dove into each of the activities and pursued conversations in the break... the overwhelming feeling of having found 'connection' or 'tribe' with a large group of people who were essentially strangers on the Wednesday morning, and how quickly that connection can bring people together to create shared purpose."

"The 'My Stories' were truly inspirational, I didn't want them to end! I was so inspired and very humbled by my fellow 'GLF tribe' member's stories; the amazing strength and resilience and the positive determination so many have shown to become the amazing individuals they are today. I was touched by the amount of love and trust that was generated in such a short amount of time."

Upcoming sessions include a look at our economy and political environment from different lenses, Reconciling Australia - Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, social and criminal justice and disruption - the future of work and education.

From technical expert to great people leader

Do you have people leaders in your organisation who have been promoted because of their technical skills but not had the benefit of any leadership development?
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Robert Rundle, 2018 Bank Australia Scholarship Recipient

Our upcoming Integral Leader program is especially designed to grow the confidence, perspective, strategy and people skills of team leaders and emerging leaders.

Starting on May 8, the 11.5 day program includes sessions on leading change, leading teams, putting leadership theories into practice and powerful communications. There is also a 360 degree assessment.

Thanks to Bank Australia, we also have a scholarship available for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander participant. Click here to secure a place.
Upcoming events
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Lunch with leaders on March 19
In our new series we are offering GLF alumni the opportunity to hear first hand, in an intimate boardroom setting, about the challenges faced by SA's leaders - and meet other alumni.
Our first lunch is with Rob Cordiner, CEO of ReturntoWorkSA who oversaw the transformation of WorkCover, which had an unfunded liability of $1.3bn despite charging employers 2.75% premiums, to ReturntoWorkSA, which has reduced premiums to an average of 1.7% - saving SA businesses $295M each year whilst generating a small surplus. Rob knows the industry backwards having first been a qualified rehabilitation counsellor, then spending time as a management consultant working with a cross section of Australian businesses implementing systems for improving workplace culture, customer service, productivity and employee injury management.

Hear Rob's story around his boardroom table from 12pm on Tuesday, March 19. Spaces are limited so secure your seat here.
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Brave Leaders Succeed
Brené Brown, whose TED talks feature in many Leaders Institute's pre-session viewing materials, is a research professor and has spent the last 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 and her latest book, Dare To Lead. She is coming to Sydney on July 31 and Melbourne on August 2nd and the Leaders Institute has negotiated a special discount rate. Click here for more information or to reserve your seats.
Leadership Thinking
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Generating 'we'
Being a great leader is not about being the most successful, intelligent, or even most competent person in the room. It is about communicating well and generating a collective sense of "we" among a group of people. Ita Buttrose, newly anointed chair of the ABC Board, has started well using the collective noun in her first press conference. and being very clear about the purpose and ultimate owners of our national broadcaster.
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Taking action and creating the future
Creating the future was the final session of this year’s Writer’s Week where a call to leadership and action by all was made.

Icelandic activist and politician Birgitta Jonsdottir challenged listeners to be more active citizens. "We look on politicians as our parent and blame them but we need to take responsibility. They are our representatives … an election is harvesting time - but democracy is a garden, you have to engage with it all the time."

She also recommended we change the constitution so it is easier to change without the need for costly and complex referendums.

Aboriginal leader and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) and Professor of Law, University of New South Wales Professor Megan Davis, who was accompanied by the actual Uluru Statement from the heart (see image), stated it was time to change the constitution to give Aboriginal people a voice. She stated that "We need to compel the State to listen by putting this into the constitution". She also said there needed to be national agreement about the history of colonization. "We have no hope of reconciliation if we can’t agree the history". To hear more about her views and the timing of a republic here.
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On Patriotism
A new book by Paul Daley explores the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and asks, have we "confected a national foundation myth around two experiences drawn from overseas: 1788 and Anzac" when we have an infinitely richer and more ancient story on our own soil? The book contemplates ways to escape the cultural binds that tie us to Anzac, British settlement and flag-waving and the appeal of a patriotism taken from the heart of Australia, not some other shore.
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Costello on Gandhi
Listen to a great discussion on the lessons of Gandhi and his belief about the power of individuals to make a difference with Reverend Tim Costello, Chief Advocate World Vision Australia.
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Scholarship for NFP leaders
Two scholarships are on offer from Community Sector Banking to further explore leadership in the not-for-profit sector. One scholarship focuses on future challenges for the sector, the other on Indigenous peoples and the not-for-profit sector.

The scholarships are available through the Churchill Fellowship program. Scholarship winners are funded to travel overseas for four to six weeks to investigate the topic and observe inspiring practice.
Applications close in mid-April. Click here for more information.
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GLF Alumni news
Ann Bliss, FGLF 2010 has been appointed to the leadership position of Director, Nazareth Catholic Community.

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.

Are your details correct?
We are about to print our Yearbook and include all GLF alumni’s positions and organisation. If you’ve changed your details in the past two years please let us know.
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Quote of the month
"Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world."

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
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