Leadership lessons of the global financial crisis are being shared in a new book by renowned speaker, consultant and business coach, Avril Henry.
Leadership Revelations II, How Australians Lead in Crises was launched on 15 May 2012 by Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chancellor, University of Western Sydney who is one of 89 contributors to share how operating in a financial crisis changed their organisation and their personal leadership style.
The much anticipated book revisits Avril’s first book Leadership Revelations, An Australian Perspective, which was written in 2005 at the height of economic prosperity when jobs were plentiful and human resources scarce.
According to Avril, the economic environment both here and internationally has changed markedly since 2005, providing an opportunity to tap into the lessons learned by well known Australians in sectors as diverse as not for profit, small and large businesses and government.
“The book is unique in its approach in that it asks those at the top of their field to define their leadership style and share what they have learned”, said Avril.
“While there are leadership characteristics that remain the same, 2012 has seen the emergence of qualities such as humility, collaboration, inclusiveness, tenacity and resilience. While in 2005, our leaders were more likely to lead by example and had an appetite for learning and the development of others.”
Avril has also used the book to highlight the key crisis management strategies that were used by the contributors to sustain and even grow their business or organisation’s operations.
“Those key strategies included seeking to retain the best people, identifying innovative solutions and creating new products and services, investing in infrastructure and importantly increasing the frequency of communication while managing expectations”, said Avril.
Contributors to the book include:
Terry Davis, Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Retired), former Chief of the Defence Force
Katie Lahey, Managing Director, Australasia, Korn/Ferry International
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art
Dr. Brendan Nelson, Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, EU and NATO
Father Chris Riley, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Off The Streets
Guy Russo, Managing Director, Kmart Australia & New Zealand Ltd
Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Ann Sherry AO, Chief Executive Officer, Carnival Australia
Giam Swiegers, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Helen Trinca, Managing Editor, The Australian
Carla Zampatti AM, Chairman, Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd
Leadership Revelations II: How Australians Lead in Crises also conveys the thoughts and insights of academically gifted university and final year high school students who share what they want from their leaders in the future.
“While collecting the thoughts and insights of current leaders was important, so too was understanding what is expected of future leaders. I wanted the book to chart the transition of leadership and highlight the changes that have occurred and will need to occur in what is a rapidly changing world.”
According to Avril, organisations that invest in leadership development have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy the benefits of improved financial performance, higher levels of employee engagement and retention, and a greater ability to adapt to business changes.
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