Masterclass in Authentic Leadership with Jacinda Ardern

Great leaders are exceptional communicator as evidenced by New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Over the last few years, I've been showcasing Jacinda Ardern as an exemplary leader in my various executive presence programs, including at the Monash Business School. 

Time and again, Ardern articulates a clear message with just the right mix of authority, humanity and believability. This is a critical skill that eludes so many politicians the world over.

I was so impressed when she recently did a 'check-in' video call to her nation. From the confines of her home, straight after putting her toddler to bed, wearing her comfy house clothes she; explained why the strict lockdown was so crucial, acknowledged it was really tough, clearly explained the data, reassured her people and then closed with her powerful key message "stay home, break the chain, save lives".

This was stripped back, authentic leadership in action. It was as real as it gets, no-pretence, no...

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The Mic and the Mind

For most professionals, mindfulness is critical to mastering the art of public speaking writes executive communications specialist and Leadium Director, Sharon Longridge.

“Commanding, inspiring, motivating.”

They were the anchoring words I gave a senior executive recently. We were preparing the presentation she was about to deliver to her 2500+ workforce at a 'Town Hall' style gathering. This was a conversation that she needed to get right.

We spent three-quarters of the session focused on her storytelling: hooking the audience, crafting compelling anecdotes and evidence, plus a powerful call-to-action to close.

The balance of the session we spent on her mindset. We explored how she really felt about public speaking. This gave her space to share long-held self-doubts which had up until then triggered unhelpful stress and corroded her...

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