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GLF’s 21st celebrated in style

Over 200 people helped celebrate the 21st birthday of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation and the start of the 2020 program including participants pictured above. 

Speeches by Board Chair Alexandrea Cannon and former CEO Dr Niki Vincent gave an insight into the history and achievements of the GLF whilst Barbara Gare FGLF 2001 spoke of the complex challenges now facing leaders, not only to improve SA, but transform our ailing planet.

Brad Chilcott FGLF 2012 questioned whether we are “building leadership capacity, an impressive resume and a powerful network to further our own career and to transform the market share of our organisation, or are we ambitious for a better society for the people who need it most? … Walking together in a spirit of harmony isn’t just a nice idea – it’s what happens when our ambition is centred on transforming the well-being of others, and leaders equipped with that potential is the gift that I believe the GLF has given to South Australia.”

Finally Greg Knagge FGLF 2019, who jokingly likened the GLF to a cult, said that the “21st Anniversary finds our army of over-reflecting, over-sharing GLF’ers ready to mobilise and inflict all sorts of goodness right across our great State … It’s a genuine privilege to be a part of this unique sect.”

Alumni were present from most years with the largest number of participants from the 2001, 2018 and 2019 years. To see more photos check out the gallery here.

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We're seeking Board nominations

The Leaders Institute is seeking two GLF alumni elected members to serve on the Board for two years. The elected members currently on the Board are Michelle Peterson FGLF 2014 and Sally Heidenreich FGLF 2017, whose terms end at our May Annual General Meeting.

The Board, which meets bi-monthly, has the task of providing the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring it delivers on its mandate and overseeing the management of the organisation. A copy of our Rules can be found here.

The Board would particularly welcome alumni members with diverse backgrounds and with business development and fundraising expertise and a willingness to promote the Institute.

If you would like to nominate to join the Leaders Institute Board please email CEO Cathie Brown.
How else could you contribute? 1 minute survey

We are keen for your feedback on how you’d like to contribute to The Leaders Institute’s mission perhaps by mentoring GLF or emerging leaders, contributing to a community project like building a house for Habitat for Humanity or taking part in our media showcase of alumni contributions to SA.

Please let us know by taking this 1 minute survey.
Leadership Thinking
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Secret powers of the introverted leader
This ABC’s This Working Life interview provides an insight into why quiet people make powerful leaders and and what extroverts should do in meetings to help understand their introverted colleagues. Listen here.
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Living successfully with yourself - Eight rules from The School of Life
Thinker and writer Alain de Botton’s ‘The School of Life’, which seeks to help people apply philosophy to everyday life, has published its credo summarising the eight key points essential to living successfully with yourself! They include:

Accepting imperfection - No one is normal: the only people we can think of as normal are those we don’t yet know very well.

Know your insanity - We should be able to have a ready answer – and never take offence – if someone asks us (as they should): ‘In what ways are you mad’? Most of the madness comes down to childhood, which will – in a way unique to our situation – have unbalanced us. No one has yet had a ‘normal’ childhood; this is no insult to the efforts of families.

You are good enough  - The alternative to perfection isn’t failure, it’s to make our peace with the idea that we are, each of us, ‘good enough’.

Overcome romanticism - No one should be expected to love us ‘just as we are’. Learning and developing are at the core of love. Genuine love involves two people helping each other to become the best version of themselves. Compatibility isn’t a prerequisite for love; it is the achievement of love.

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A short story on the benefits of building others up
A short story from Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen on how you might measure your life and the benefits of building up others.

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GLF Alumni news
Alex Zimmerman FGLF 2009 has been appointed by the Premier to coordinate the recovery effort for the many communities directly effected by the Cudlee Creek fires. Alex is well placed to do this having had the same role with the Pinery community following that recent fire and the Virginia floods.  


Owen Sharpe FGLF 2019 is now the Senior Strategy Advisor for the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group.
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Our 2019 Yearbook is now available from our office on the ground floor of UniSA’s Yungondi Building, 70 North Tce, Adelaide or check it out online to see our achievements in 2019 and where our GLF alumni are now.

Let us know if you have recently been in the media or you are having an impact in the community, so we can include your news in our next edition. Alumni can also stay in touch through our Alumni Facebook page.
Upcoming Events
Thought Leadership and Systems Change
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Thanks to Philanthropy Australia, TACSI and the Wyatt Trust we have three seats available to hear from international guest speaker Emily Tow on Thought Leadership and Systems Change and workshop ideas on Tuesday 10 March from 2 – 4pm. If you are interested, please email CEO Cathie Brown.
Hold the date for our AGM
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The Leaders Institute’s AGM will be on Thursday, May 21 at UniSA’s City West campus.


Quote of the month
We create the world that we perceive, not because there is no reality outside our heads, but because we select and edit the reality we see to conform to our beliefs about what sort of world we live in. The person who believes that the resources of the world are infinite, for example, or that if something is good for you then the more of it the better, will not be able to see their errors, because they will not look for evidence of them. For a person to change the basic beliefs that determine their perception - their epistemological premises - they must first become aware that reality is not necessarily as they believe it to be. Sometimes the dissonance between reality and false beliefs reaches a point when it becomes impossible to avoid the awareness that the world no longer makes sense. Only then is it possible for the mind to consider radically different ideas and perceptions."

– Gregory Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution and Epistemology, provided by facilitator Josie McLean                                          

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