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Activate #5 Session Three

What is the purpose of today's program?

  • To build self-awareness as a leader by looking at personal values and the connection to leadership
  • To investigate how values relate to teamwork and motivation
  • Listen to personal stories that reflect on how to live an authentic life through knowing and being clear on your own values


The clear purpose of this session is to find out what values based leadership is. To help us get a better understanding of this we have Rob Birch (Gforce) and Brad Clarke (Better Communities Consulting) along for the ride.

Rob gets us underway with a brief recap of his working life, starting as an apprentice in the aviation field through to his current role with Gforce. Amazingly only ever having worked for two employees his entire working life, showing amazing loyalty. Rob also gave us an insight into his life outside of work, being involved in many organisations, giving us the feeling that he is very genuine about giving back to his community. One thing that stuck with me was his focus on building "real" relationships, by having open communication and being an active listener.

"If you simply adopt an organization's normative style, or try to emulate someone else's style, your lack of authenticity will show through. That's why you should find a leadership style that is authentic to you and continue to refine it." GlobalEd. (A review from Rob's "bible" True North by Bill George).

Andrew then introduced us to Brad, who broke the ice by giving him a nice cuddle. Brad then got us thinking about what values are and how certain values create leaders. He challenged us to look within ourselves and question how our values aligned with our employees. We then got involved in a chaotic game. Brad gave us all some "rules" which were set up to create disorder. It certainly challenged some of us and created more questions than answers.

On reflection, it showed us how the values of an organisation can only be as good as the values of its leaders. These "leaders" may not have a title but are the ones that create the path forward by influencing others. Your values have meaning, when the time comes, be the one to influence.



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