What I enjoy at the moment, or what I enjoy about this role is you are focused on the high-level strategic direction of the company…the company’s overall growth. But today MDs are also much more operationally involved and more hands on, you’re involved in influencing the culture of the business focused on the role of your business in the community and doing the right thing environmentally, and, generally invested in the wellbeing of people. The way I see my job is really to enable the organization and not to control it. I read somewhere that CEOs should stand for chief enabling officer. And that really sums it up for me.
Vulnerability has played its part of my own leadership development journey. And, being more relatable to the people around you, and showing them a little bit more of the real you and what’s inside of you. It’s been incredibly hard for me to learn how to do that. You get taught through your career that you don’t do that. And then at some point, it’s, well, now you have to do that. In order to be an effective, critical and relatable leader, you have to unlearn a whole heap of things that you have learned for many years before. Yet it is incredibly powerful, when you do that, in creating those human connections, and helping, the people around you unlock all the potential that they have inside themselves by being more authentic.
I think that on the whole, everyone comes to work, to make a difference and to feel being challenged. And I think that’s no different for the organization as a whole. Our team tells us that what gets them out of bed every day, and brings them into the office and the various places that they work for us is that they’re very proud to be part of the Kellogg family. And they feel challenged to make an impact, and they feel that they are empowered, to make an impact. And I think that makes all the difference. It is constantly showing people what is possible, because what is truly possible is already inside of everyone.