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Yi Ping, partner at GS, is a member of the Rotary Club of Auckland. Last week, they held a breakfast with key note speakers Sir John Key and Sir Ralph Norris, raising funds for the Auckland City Mission.
I would love to repeat for you the laugh out loud stories that were shared and the to-the-point comments on the subject of leadership in business and politics… however, I was introduced for the first time to the Chatham House Rule.
“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”
In the Q&A session, it was discussed that a good leader is one who knows what they are trying to achieve. There is purpose, goals, a vision of what success will look like. They have an unusual determination to see their decisions through. They talked about how loneliness and leadership can often go hand-in-hand. You have to have amazing levels of self-belief so that you can back your own instincts.
The habits of an excellent leader include a balance; exercise so you can keep functioning at the top of your game, holidays to recharge your battery and continual learning to keep yourself slightly challenged at all times. Leadership is not about where you are now, it’s where you’re going to be.
Two ladies on our tables placed the winning bids on bottles of red wine from Waiheke Island, signed by both speakers. Have a look through the photo gallery below (click on the right and left side to scroll).