In this special Q&A series, we introduce the members of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT Future Leaders Committee (FLC) who work closely with us to deliver a series of events throughout the year.
Today, FLC Chair Anthony Pronin shares his thoughts on the importance of continuous learning and flexibility in leadership, and why public servants mustn’t forget to have fun and enjoy their jobs.
I am the acting director of Decision Support at the Department of Defence. I enjoy briefing our senior leaders both verbally and in writing, and putting myself in their shoes – what change does their position and authority allow them to influence? How can they implement large-scale change?
I am the current chair of the committee.
After my first IPAA event, I was instantly hooked on the value and inspiration I gained from hearing experienced leaders speak on their thoughts of leadership and the interesting stories that accompanied them. I participated in the IPAA ACT Future Leaders Program and IPAA mentoring program and was very keen to express my interest in supporting IPAA and the committee. Needless to say, I continue to attend every IPAA event I can.
Great leadership means showing courage and virtue when faced with responsibility – it is a function, not a position. I think great leaders value curiosity and listening, and asking questions that influence thinking. I really value growth and continual learning and believe leadership should be contextualised to the individual. A ‘stretch task’ for one person is completely different from that of another. To enable personal growth to occur a one size fits all approach won’t work.
I like to lean into leadership by engaging with graduate cohorts: ensuring they have appropriate expectations, inspiration, and ability to influence change, and of course – to let them know about IPAA!
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