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Transformational leadership development specialist - creating wellness.


Famous Zen teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn said “When we are unwell, our unwellness spills onto others, when we are well, our wellness spills onto others.”

Michael’s intent is for everything he does to create wellness. In the business world a well organisation looks highly profitable, has proud, engaged employees and operates based on care, integrity and sustainability. Leaders make the biggest difference to organisations and society at large. We need well leaders. Leaders with skill, integrity, vision, fresh ideas, care and generosity of spirit. This is why Michael's focus is on world-class, values-based leadership, and it is also why mindfulness is a key element of what he does. Mindfulness is the science and art of engagement, awareness and response-ability.

Previous experience

Leadership: Michael Bunting has been involved in the field of leadership development, organisational development, leadership research and leadership program design and development for more than 15 years. He is the founder and managing director of WorkSmart, based in Sydney, and has taught and coached more than 7000 leaders, from CEOs to front-line leaders.

Organisations: Michael and his team typically work with organisations over the long term and specialise in developing world-class leaders and leadership cultures that make a measurable difference to engagement, talent attraction and retention, and overall profitability. Over the past decade, Michael and his colleagues have worked with many well-known organisations in Australia and New Zealand, including, but not limited to: Abbott Australasia, Broadcast Australia, BOS International, Centrelink, Commonwealth Bank, Elanco Australia New Zealand, Macquarie Bank, Nutrimetics Australia New Zealand, Ogilvy Worldwide PR, PwC Australia and New Zealand, Rio Tinto, SAI Global and TFE Hotels.

Author: Recently, Michael has published articles on workplace leadership and business relationships and satisfaction in some of Australia's leading publications, including The Australian Business Review, Insider HR, Business Review Weekly and He is a co-author of Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand with Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, the world's premier researchers and authors in the field of leadership.

Education: Michael has an honours degree in business administration and a post graduate diploma in mindfulness-based psychotherapy. He is a guest lecturer on Leadership and Mindfulness at Sydney University's award winning Exec MBA. Michael has lived and worked in three different countries and launched two successful businesses in addition to WorkSmart.



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