3 May 2022
We are counting down the days in anticipation for this upcoming event, and so we asked Barbara five quick questions to get to know her and what people can expect with her upcoming She Leads Workshop.
Barbara is an accredited Executive Coach, Myers Briggs facilitator, and Teams Management System facilitator.
Barbara has experience in Federal and NSW governments and has also worked for Government Ministers. During her time as CEO of Reconciliation Australia, she introduced the Reconciliation Action Plan program that continues to grow and enable organisations to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to advance reconciliation. She was also the Head of Government Relations for the Australian Red Cross, and has worked in the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste mentoring local leaders and teams.
Through her experiences and diverse roles, Barbara brings wisdom and empathy in her coaching and wants to support people to enjoy their work and life.
What can people expect to take away from your workshop, How to reimagine your career and plan your next career move?
What’s one thing you would say to women and non-binary people trying to start their leadership journey but don’t know where to start?
You’re not alone! People lead at all levels in organisations so you are already on your journey. Ask yourself who you admire as a leader and why and imagine yourself being them.
Who is one person that you admire for their leadership skills and why?
Jacinda Ardern – authentic, listens, knows who she is and makes decisions.
What would you like to see change in the next 3-5 years in the leadership space?
More women and people of diverse backgrounds in leadership positions of course. Defining leadership rather than leaders – you can lead at any level. The old ‘great leader out in front’ model needs to be replaced with a leadership model that is more nuanced and emphasises leadership qualities in terms of managing complexity, valuing diversity, creating vision together and understanding self and others.
What’s a mistake or failure that you have made but in hindsight made you a better leader?
Not planning for my own succession when I left a role as a CEO. Reflecting on it meant that in future leadership roles I understand the value of recognising your own use by date and of working with others everyday who challenge you to be your best.
Tickets are still available for Barbara’s She Leads Workshop: How to reimagine your career and plan your next career move.
For more information and to register, check out our event page.