Building leadership confidence in yourself and others

Published 01/07/2019

Learning how to become a better leader isn’t about knowing everything, it’s about understanding how to bring out the best in your team.

Bernadette Ditchfield brings more than 20 years’ experience in policy, industry development and service delivery to her role as Deputy-Director General of Agriculture for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and has held senior roles in the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Queensland Treasury and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Bernadette believes that successful leadership ultimately stems from the ability to stand by your values and be courageous. At the final Executives in conversation event for 2019, she offered the following advice to current and emerging leaders:

  • Back yourself, be courageous and take opportunities – every experience is an opportunity to learn something new, so take every chance to add to your leadership toolkit.
  • Find balance – in a fast-paced world it is easy to get caught up and forget what is important. Take a breath, take care of yourself and remember what your “why” is.
  • Grow into leadership – leaders are best developed when nurtured well, so learn from those around you and lean on mentors for guidance.
  • Work with your strengths – leaders don’t need to know everything. They need to know how to inspire, gather information, mobilise people, skills and talents to get the right outcome.
  • Value your networks – you never know when you will need them. Good leaders inspire their people to succeed. Surround yourself with people who share similar values and who have your back.
  • Enjoy what you do!

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