Great leaders care

What makes a good leader? And how do you build a great team when half of them work from home? Darling sits down with Adrian Searle, Leadership Coach to learn more.

You’ve been in business for 18 years, what’s one piece of advice you can offer other local businesses?
To continually be open to the learning opportunities around you and invest in yourself. We all need to keep growing and developing. This could include listening to podcasts, watching Ted Talks or regularly picking up a book that inspires you.

How does Decision Health help leaders and teams?
Through observation and the use of psychometric profiling we help leaders and teams see their current reality more accurately. We then support them through individual coaching or workshops to develop them into the leaders and teams they wish to become.

You live and work in Balmain, are all your clients local?
Whilst a number of our clients live in the Balmain area given the convenience, we work all over Sydney. Many clients appreciate the opportunity to get away from their four
walls and to come to our spaces in the Sunlight Factory for workshops or coaching.

Top three traits of a great leader?
Good leaders demonstrate good judgement by regularly making wise, considered decisions. And all good leaders have a well-developed level of self-awareness.

How do organisations find or develop good leaders?
Organisations will only find good leaders when their evaluation process is designed to value the important leadership traits I mentioned. Developing good leaders requires an ongoing investment and commitment to regularly assess leader performance. The use of 360’s helps in both the assessment and development of leaders. The most important trait all good leaders have is that they genuinely care about people.

Many of us are still working remotely, how has this impacted on team culture?
Hybrid work has reduced the frequency of opportunities for the many individual relationships to develop or be maintained across teams.

How do you foster a cohesive workplace when some colleagues are in the office and others work from home?
Leaders now need to be much more considered in how they use team sessions and put more consideration and time into designing team developmentworkshops.

The ‘Great Resignation’ is upon us, what can businesses and leaders in particular, do to prepare themselves?
Employees will provide their ongoing commitment to organisations that invest in them and their development. Businesses and leaders who deeply understand their people and tailor this investment to the individual will be the most successful.

Finally, who is someone that inspires you?
Brene Brown – I believe she’s done more than anyone else to help us understand the modern view of leadership, and the most important attribute is the willingness to show vulnerability.

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