Sydney Leadership graduate, Matthew Knight, who is one of six general managers making up the leadership team at Stocklands commercial property division, has been selected for In The Black magazine's inaugural Top 40 Young Business Leaders list published in April 2012.
The commercial property division has 500 employees and more than 100 shopping centres, industrial or office buildings across Australia, with an annual profit of $500m. Matthew also heads Stockland's $640m unlisted property funds.
'What characteristics make you and others good leaders? Competence, passion, authenticity, good judgement? If you read Geoff Aigner's book on leadership you might need to rethink some of those,' says Kathryn Cole, CAHRI, HR Director, Australian Federal Government, in her review of Leadership Beyond Good Intentions - What It Takes To Really Make A Difference in the April 2012 editon of HR Monthly.
Cole says, 'Much of the value in this book for me was in the challenge to leaders to "get some skin in the game" - to be comfortable being incompetent and vulnerable, and thus better at collaboration; to accept that a leader will need to "betray" their supporters or themselves at time to practise neutrality; and to "let go of control and step into our responsibility" by trusting those we lead to solve problems."
by Jo Scott, Strategy Consultant, Social Ventures Australia
"The thing about the edge of incompetence is it’s a boundary, something that constrains you. It holds you in your current way of doing things and inherently, it keeps you feeling safe. Everyone’s edge will be different, but there is no doubt in my mind we all have one. And as long as we stay inside that boundary, as long as we move away from our edge (as long as we wish for safety), we will have difficulty pursuing what really matters to us and our communities.
"The thing about an edge is when you find it, it opens up possibility."
SLA senior manager and teacher, Geoff Aigner considers what we should be looking for in our authority figures in this piece published on the ABC's online opinion site, The Drum on Tuesday 13 September 2011.