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How to lead in challenging times
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How to lead in challenging times | Peter Baines | Chair and Founder | Peter Baines Consulting

Challenges faced by leaders may be the result of tough economic times, disruption to supply, disaster or crisis to fall upon the business or even the result of unprecedented growth. During these times leaders are defined not by their positions, but by their actions and reactions. It is leadership without authority, it's what people do, not the positions that they hold that really makes a difference. During the webinar "How to lead in Challenging Times" Peter Baines will share with you the leadership lessons he has taken from responding to and leading international teams in crisis situations following the Bali Bombings, the South East Asian Tsunami, floods in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and the Japanese tsunami of 2011. Often confronted with the problem of; no time, no money and no staff, the capacity to quickly build a highly functioning team is something that Baines will explore. He will detail the importance of courage in leaders and why it's better to make a wrong decision than to make no decision at all.

Having spent decades as a forensic investigator dealing with death and destruction, prior to his recurring international deployment into crisis areas, Baines learnt the importance of having a very clear clarity of purpose, about understanding why we do what we do as an organisation, a team and as an individual. We all have statements of values and vision statements, but is there congruence between what is written and the actions of those these values are meant to represent? Often there is a lack of clarity at the executive level of an organisation, no surprise then there is a lack of clarity throughout the organisation. It is when we have clarity of purpose that we are able to make clear decisions when our resolve is tested, through whatever means. This, Baines suggests applies on an organisation level, a team level and an individual level. When we get that right we are better positioned to make informed decisions.

What will you learn?

  • The need to act with speed, sensitivity, structure and simplicity
  • The importance of executive presence - leadership of brand, team and self;
  • Why having a clarity of purpose is key to making decisions;
  • Why having courage and making decisions with deliberation is what is needed in our leaders.

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