Leadership Night Tips from Camberwellians
On 19 July 2017, a variety of people who live, work and network in Camberwell gathered together to share their Leadership Tips with others at Elyros, 871 Burke Road, Camberwell. Here are their tips (paraphrased from notes by Sue Ellson). The event was facilitated by local bookkeeper, Bernadette Bacash.
Barry Jenner – Management Consultant
Remember to set a good example. People follow both good and bad examples. Give compliments when you can.
Vinay Gehi – Mortgage Broker
A leader needs good communication skills, not just give orders. Participate. Not do this but show how to do it. Leader is an educator.
Andrew McLaren – Personal and Family Coach
Be human and let employees know that you have screwed up in the past, it is part of the process, accept and move on.
Scott Adams – Accountant
Leaders need to be a good mentor, educator and life coach. Help people grow. Help them work with you rather than for you.
Michael Royal – Residential and Commercial Finance Broker
Leadership is the most important thing you can ever do. Understand your why and why you are passionate about what you do. Simon Sinek talks about ‘why’ in his book and how others will follow you.
Claire Mortimer – Business Services and Profit Advisor
Understand team strengths and weaknesses and understand how can work with each other
Simon Hilton – Accountant
Understand where the organisation is going and have a clear vision on how it is going to get there, clearly communicate this and inspire. Be articulate. Keep up with what is happening in your industry.
Manu Fernando – Accountant
Leaders inspire you. Bring ideas. Need to set a good example and mentor and guide you. Lead you to the goal.
Yi Ping Wang – Financial Planner
Good leader needs to be a good supporter.
Eric Drinkwater – Lecturer in Exercise Sports Science
Need to lead from the front. Personally, undecided whether or not a leader needs to draw from their own experience from industry and be able to do the task before leading others as some of the greatest coaches in sport are not experts in that sport, just natural leaders. If they can’t do, they must know how to support and teach.
Garry Prigg – International Business Consultant
Everyone has energy. When you get in the taxi, the first thing the taxi driver will ask you is where are you going? Anyone can be a leader, either horizontally or vertically. Power is in what you say and your integrity. What people see you do when you don’t know that they are watching. If your level of passion and commitment to life is higher, you will draw those people to you. Chin-Ning Chu’s book Thick Face Black Heart talks about Leadership as not how many followers you have but how many leaders you create.
Ingrid Aitken-Gattari – Flexible Staff Resourcing
Management is transactional, leadership is transformational. Lead by example with integrity of character. Transact – instruct. Transform – inspire.
Ingrid Pich – Fitness Trainer and Health Coach
Transfer your passion to help people live their life. No matter what your age, too many people as they get older give up. To help people transform, share your passion, energy and purpose. Food and mindset affect you. Life is about living. If your doctor starts talking about age, change your doctor. Negative is stronger than positive. Not what can’t do but what you can do.
Malcolm McPhie – Commercial Finance Broker
With a background in banking that is focused on the transactional, his manager once said that trust is good but controls are better. Important to have controls on business and be a hands on manager.
Lily Chuah – Online Shopping Franchise Business
Leaders need to love working in teams. Most people don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care.
Mona – Specialist in Orthodontics for Dr Geoffrey Wexler
Create new leaders. Everyone is different and they have different expectations, so find out what they are seeking and use the right technique.
Thomas – Mona’s Husband, Importer and Logistics Operations Manager
Having a busy schedule, need to take responsibility, don’t over promise, do what you say you are going to do. Don’t say too much because if you can’t do it, people won’t trust you.
John McRae – Website Design Company
Organise a really great Christmas Party! Set the standard and expect people to live up to the quality of that standard.
Gita Gauba – Human Resources Professional
Young students like to be empowered and often lack goals, encourage them to get a mentor. Need to let them know that they need to be open about the future and that where they are right now is not necessarily where they will be in the future. Trial things as it could be different to what they expect. Be open to travel and living and working in another country. Lead by example and talk about your personal journey and experiences.
Leo Bai – Business Development Executive
Good leader is a mentor and educator, roll up your sleeves and help out, get your hands dirty and get out in front. Help everyone get the resources they need. In sales and marketing, good leaders need to know exactly where the business is going so that people can follow that direction. Show the target and move up to the next level yourself. Ask for direction if you need it. If the person inspires you, you will want to ‘be them.’
Rob Chiarolli – Business Coach
Leaders inspire and create success through people. Understand yourself first.
Bernadette Bacash – Bookkeeper and BAS Agent
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid should who neither know victory nor defeat.’ Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the USA
Sue Ellson – Independent LinkedIn Specialist, Camberwell Network and Newcomers Network Founder
Management is task driven, Leadership is vision driven. If you want to lead a horse to water, to make it drink, you need to remain relevant, continually learn and keep yourself up to date and be all singing and all dancing to keep up the interest (especially in a group situation)