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Social Impact Heroes: How Odette Schwegler & Blink Pictures are using compelling storytelling to create a social impact

Leadership is nothing more or less than getting a group of people to work together to achieve a common goal. Simple, right? Perhaps not! I’m a mother of four and often just getting them all to work together to set the table is an accomplishment of some proportion. I believe there is an art to leadership and that, for the most part, it cannot be defined; there is no simple right or wrong and the ‘magic wand’ to leadership does not exist. I do believe, however, that leadership can be inspired, and that inspired leadership can motivate people to find fulfillment in working towards a common purpose. I’ve been privileged to have both worked with and witnessed in action some great leaders — and, sadly, some really poor ones — from newsroom editors to sporting captains, captains of industry and political leaders. Without exception, the leaders who wielded ‘power’, manipulated, undermined and micro-managed created divisiveness, distrust and toxicity within their teams. They led through fear and were followed out of fear. People working ‘for’ them were demotivated and unhappy. Most left the moment another opportunity presented itself. On the other hand, the leaders who successfully inspired and motivated teams into achieving a common goal displayed a commonality of characteristics. They were courageous and led from the front. Always. They were consistent and respectful. Always. They mentored, encouraged and protected their teams. Always. Most importantly, they were impeccable with their word. Always.

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