Posts by Suzi McAlpine

Why are we failing our future leaders?

I hate to break it to you, but chances are, you’re probably not equipping your future leaders with the skills they need to lead successfully. That’s according to Harvard researchers, who found that most managers don’t receive leadership training until they’ve held a leadership role for nearly a decade. And in one of the most expansive leadership…

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The Key Insights from my RACS19 Presentations

There’s nothing like speaking to a bunch of surgeons to get you outside of your comfort zone. That’s just what I did last week when I delivered three talks, including a keynote on Women in Leadership at the RACS19 (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) conference in Bangkok. As one of only a handful of non-surgeon…

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Three Nasty Leadership Gremlins to Eradicate

One of my kids’ favourite books when they were little was called The Snot Goblin. It’s about a naughty, antisocial gremlin who lives under your child’s bed. He wreaks all manner of havoc, much to the dismay of toys and children alike. Gremlins aren’t just confined to story books. Leadership has its fair share of…

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Five Small Steps to Become a Better Leader

Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019 list is out. It’s a powerful snapshot of our times and makes for fascinating reading. The list includes a specific category for leaders – and with people from Jane Goodall to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Pope Francis highlighted, it’s great to see increasing diversity in this list of leaders.…

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My Top Five Book Recommendations for Leaders

You never stop being a student, no matter how many years it’s been since you’ve stepped into a classroom. Great leaders read. Learning new things is essential to skilled leadership – and reading is one of the best ways to do this. There are thousands of incredible books from talented writers which give you a…

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Bullying in the Workplace: What Every Leader Needs to Know

According to one 1700-person academic survey, New Zealand had the second-worst rate of workplace bullying in the developed world with one in five workers afflicted. This week on The Leader’s Digest, our guest post is by Marianne Wilkinson, HR Partner at Intepeople. She is an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder and provides specialist independent…

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Who do people trust the most to lead change?

According to latest global research from the 2019 Acumen Edelman’s Trust Barometer, employers are the most trusted to lead change. The research indicates that this trust in employers is born out of a lack of trust in other institutions. It highlights that employees are increasingly looking to their leaders for guidance in these times of…

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