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Leadership Matters: August introduction from Marie-Louise Pearson OAM FIML, Chair of the Board

Welcome to Leadership Matters for August.

This month we are looking at the future of workplaces. This is the first in a series that will tie in with our broader theme of future proofing and “seeing around corners” to prepare you for the workplace of the future. With a skills shortage and the demand for talent high, retaining people has never been more important. Our articles this month look at topics such as extraordinary leadership, flexibility, culture and engagement – all crucial in retaining your best people.

It was wonderful to read a contribution by IML ANZ Fellow, Mark Bray FIML, reflecting on the reasons why a company will change – that is, the pursuit of something better. Mark suggests that there will always be three types of people when it comes to embracing change in an organisation, and sometimes hard decisions about the right team need to be made to achieve the quest for “better”.

The tagline ‘check-in, not check-up’ has been popular for management professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jo Alilovic details some helpful ways that managers can continue checking-in with their hybrid teams, to ensure both productivity and engagement remain high.

It was also refreshing to hear from Chartered Manager and Fellow, Tony Beaven CMgr FIML, sharing his thoughts on how servant leadership can improve your culture, help you retain your talented employees, and navigate the ‘Great Resignation’.

A learning culture enables us to challenge the status quo, have growth conversations and create an environment of psychological safety. Author and leadership educator, Tracey Ezard, walks us through the three main elements that indicate your organisation is embracing a learning culture.

Finally, The three critical abilities all extraordinary leaders possess hears from Gerard Penna as he outlines his views on leadership. While our attention is grabbed by the daily news feed of global and national leadership crisis, the opportunity for extraordinary leadership shows up much more frequently in commonplace and everyday situations.

I hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Leadership Matters.

Be your best,

Marie-Louise Pearson OAM FIML Life

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