PRINCIPAL ADVISOR | ELECTRICITY AUTHORITY OF NEW ZEALAND

This interview was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2020

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? 

I have had two effective mentors, with the first being my grandfather who was a prevalent figure in my childhood. He taught me a lot about personal attributes and problem solving. In my current position, it was an ex chief executive of mine at a power board here in New Zealand—I worked at a power board for nine years where I started out as an account manager and then became commercial engineer and then an analyst—he was a very effective leader: always calm, analytical, never accusatory, and quiet but when he spoke, it was well worth listening. The model and approach that he demonstrated is one that I hope I emulate in my life.

WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A SUCCESSFUL LEADER? 

This is a person who leads the charge. Often, they will be the quieter, humbler people in the room. They are calm under pressure, have vision, courage, integrity and above all humility. Additionally, a true leader has the ability to focus and inspire their team.

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