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       Cathie Brown, Katrine Hildyard, The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Elizabeth Dabars, Alex Cannon 
Celebrating 20 years of developing holistic leaders

We recently celebrated the milestone of 20 years of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation, our flagship program developing holistic leaders for South Australia.

The Leaders Institute would not be able to deliver such a powerful program without the support of many. As our Board Chair Alexandrea Cannon said “The Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program is respected partly because it successfully brings together, and collectively develops, a network of holistic leaders from all parts of our society. This is possible because of the support of our long term sponsors who provide scholarships to many participants from the not for profit sector and to individuals experiencing disadvantage”.

We are particularly grateful to the Governor for hosting the event and for his ongoing support. As Ms Cannon said “Our participants have had the privilege of hearing your own story of survival and leadership, which you have told with humility and authenticity …. your willingness to be vulnerable, honest and authentic epitomises what a good leader looks like today. In this increasingly unkind, polarised and complex world, to be able to connect with others and lead in adversity, motivated by the common good, is what the world desperately needs in its leaders. We are very fortunate to have a person of your stature as our Governor.”

Due to restrictions on numbers at Government House we were unable to invite all alumni and supporters but we are planning a big 21st birthday at the Festival Centre in late February 2020, coinciding with the official opening of the 21st Governor’s Leadership Foundation program. Keep an eye out for more details.
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Alexandra Cannon and The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC 
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L to R: Heather Croall, Clare Mockler, Mary-Anne Healey
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L to R: Annette Cameron, Dennis Mutton, Jane MacFarlane
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L to R: Lisa Howe, Josie McLean, Sue Mitchell, The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC
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L to R: Peter Staley, Graeme Gilbertson, John De Candia
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L to R: Graham Brown, Jane Lomax-Smith, Ian Harrison
GLF alumni - have you contributed to community?
Dennis Mutton Medals nominations sought
Leaders Institute SA
We are seeking nominations of GLF alumni who have gone above and beyond in making South Australia a better place to live. The Dennis Mutton Medal and cash prize, recognises the achievements of Dennis Mutton, a founder of the GLF and Leaders Institute and a long contributor to improving South Australia.

There is a group prize and an individual prize and GLF alumni can either nominate themselves or others may nominate them.

Applications close on November 21, 2019. Click here to download the application forms.  

Community Action Project clients sought
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As part of the GLF participants undertake a community action project which involves syndicates working with a not for profit organisation to progress a complex issue. Client this year were Rotary, the Don Dunstan Federation, Sids and Kids, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Seeds of Affinity, Whitelion Youth Agency and Australian Red Cross.

We are on the lookout for organisations who would like some assistance with an adaptive challenge in 2020. Please email Cathie Brown with any thoughts. 

Help us grow leaders from disadvantaged backgrounds
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Can you contribute to putting a participant from a disadvantaged background on the GLF?

Last year the GLF graduates presented a cheque to the Leaders Institute to help fund a participant from a disadvantaged background undertake the program.

This year they are doing it again and they’d like more support to raise the funds necessary. If you’d like to help too, you can donate via the following Bendigo Bank account:
BSB 633 – 000, Account number 163790926

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Above: Susan Jackson-Wood, James Lake and Gillian Tamhane
Staff changes at the Leaders Institute
Susan Jackson-Wood FGLF 2013 to retire
Susan is retiring from the workforce and her role with us as our Engagement Manager. We asked her to pen a few thoughts:

"I must admit that 2019 seems far away from November 1965, when I first entered the workforce. I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed most of my working life as it has taken me in many different directions but always involved my love of meeting people. For many years working in the Cosmetic/Personal Development industry took me around Australia and overseas and then into the training and facilitation area in my own business. The people I have met along the way have all added to my life experience…. particularly the challenging ones! When I did the GLF the world became much ‘bigger’ and continues to grow…..particularly when observed from the balcony and roof!

Working for the Leaders Institute for the past five years has been a delight and the people I have interacted with just wonderful. Thank you all for the laughter, wisdom and friendships. As an Alumni, I’ll still get to catch up on those ‘auspicious’ occasions. A special mention to Niki Vincent who nurtured me professionally, five years ago, when I was not in a good place. Thank you too, to Cathie, Alexandrea and the Board for your support, faith and trust.

I look forward to seeing the Leaders Institute and in particular the GLF, stay as the ‘must do’ program for those in South Australia making the decisions that affect us all.

Cheers and thank you, Susan"

Please join us at an informal farewell to thank Susan for her rich contribution to the Leaders Institute at the Kings Head Hotel, 357 King William St, Adelaide (City South tram stop) on December 10, 2019, drop in from 4pm.

Experienced project officer sought

We are taking the opportunity with Susan retiring to re-think the way we work and as such we are recruiting for an experienced, energetic and flexible project officer to provide support to our Chief Executive Officer in a hands-on role (up to four days per week). Main tasks include project work, drafting communications, providing support to the delivery of tailored leadership programs, facilitating social media/web communications and EA support to the CEO. For more information click here.
Your views wanted on emerging leader program
Do you have staff that need development?
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In the past we’ve run a leadership development program for new/emerging/developing leaders called the Integral Leader. It ran over 11.5 days at an investment of $6,600 and covered such topics as Adaptive Leadership, leading teams and leading change, communications and diagnosing failure. We’d like to hear from you about the development needs you see in emerging leaders and what a program should include and its potential length. Please email Cathie Brown at
Leadership Thinking
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Balancing company needs and employee satisfaction
The challenge of maximizing employee satisfaction whilst balancing what is in the best interests of the company is discussed in this Harvard Business Review article. Included are a few suggestions on how employees can feel like their work matters without creating unrealistic expectations.
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Craving for community?
The power of community and the need for a tribe is discussed in an essay on The School of Life website. “Even though we collectively pride ourselves on living in highly innovative times, we remain absurdly traditional in thinking about social set ups. We have a million new apps a year, but no one ever seeks to reinvent how people might live together … Our ancestors were unfortunate in a thousand ways, but they may well have had something we’re unknowingly dying for: their own tribe”.

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The downsides of for-purpose work
A Canadian study has recently found that employees driven by purpose are significantly more stressed and score lower for well-being, resilience, and self-efficacy than those who are not. “Despite the clear benefits of feeling meaningfully connected to your work, our data suggests that there are often real and undiscussed complications of purpose-driven work on employees’ health that can be related to the experience of burnout long-term.” Read more here.

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Democracy – is it serving us well?
We’ve had six Prime Ministers in a decade, corrupt politicians, flouting of ministerial responsibility and a seeming inability to deal with the big issues like climate change. Is the democratic system to blame, or do we have the governments we deserve? This question and more was explored in a recent discussion on Radio National.

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GLF Alumni news
Congratulations to 2019 GLFer Ali Bussey of Enerven who was awarded the 2019 National Association of Women in Construction Business Professional Award, which recognises the dedication and excellence of an individual who has played a significant role within an organisation.


Congratulations also to another 2019 GLFer Owen Sharpe who has been named as one of the thirteen 2019 Future Leaders by the Australia-Korea Business Council. Owner works in the space of hydrogen renewable energy with the SA Government.
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Well done to Upper Spencer Gulf Leadership Program participant Sonya Rankine who has won the 2019 Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize. Sonya, a Ngarrindjeri, Nurungga, and Ngadjuri woman, will continue to invest in her business, Lakun Mara, which focuses on the revival of traditional Ngarrindjeri weaving techniques and cultural practice.
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Kylie Walsh FGLF 2009 has a new role as Operations Manager in SA Police’s Public Protection Branch.
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Mary-Anne Healy FGLF 2008 has been promoted to Director, Strategy, at the Department for Environment and Water.
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Congratulations to Erin Woolford FGLF 2018 for winning the Regional Gladys Elphick Award 2019. The Gladys Elphick Awards celebrate the life achievements of the late Aunty Gladys Elphick and her fellow members of the Council of Aboriginal Women of South Australia. The awards acknowledge the contemporary achievements of Aboriginal women who work tirelessly to advance the status of Aboriginal people through a wide range of mediums.

If you want to know what other alumni are up to, check out the back of our latest Yearbook.

Let us know if you have recently been in the media, taken on a new leadership position or having impact in the community so we can include your news in our next edition.

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Thinking for yourself is still a radical act "
– Nancy Kline

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