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Through the success of
Legacy
I have
been afforded more speaking opportuni-
ties and that fits comfortably within my
values.
You have had the opportunity to ob-
serve a wide variety of leaders in oper-
ation. For you, what are the key be-
haviours that make great leaders?
For me, it is having the humility to learn
and to develop leadership skills; self-
leadership skills first, and then leader-
ship skills for the organisation. For ex-
ample, Graham Henry (former Head
Coach for the All Blacks) is an inclusive leader. He has
gone through a personal transformation and is able to
connect on a human level and from a ‘real’ place.
As I say in my book, ‘the best leaders remain true to
their deepest values. They lead their own life and oth-
ers follow’.
And conversely, what are the behaviours
in your opinion that make poor or un-
successful leaders?
People who demand that others follow
them, and people who diminish capability;
the control freaks.
How did being involved with the All
Blacks in 2010 influence your thoughts
and behaviours on values-based leader-
ship?
I think it helped validate it and gave me
the opportunity to quantify it. It helped me see that
values-based leadership is really
only the first step. Using your val-
ues to help you make decisions
needs to have other elements. So,
for me, the second element is to be
led by a vision; to know where you
are going. Then the final element
is about purpose, which is proba-
bly best described in Owen East-
wood’s words: ‘Purpose relates to
an overarching goal beyond the
practical missions that are pur-
sued day in day out’.
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It helped me see that values-based
leadership is really only the first
step. Using your values to help you
make decisions needs to have other
elements. So, for me, the second
element is to be led by a vision; to
know where you are going. Then the
final element is about purpose. ”
Final Thoughts
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- Henry Ford
"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it."
- H. E. Luccock
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
- Phil Jackson
James Kerr Author of
Interviewed By John and Karen Frost