Next week is ANZAC week in Australia. A time to remember the immense contribution of the men and women who have fought under the flags of Australia and New Zealand. It really makes me think about people who have had to lead those soldiers through the worst of human conditions. The bravery of having to lead a group over the trenches, drive through unknown dangers or having to keep up the spirits of POWs as they buried their own.
When I hear the stories of those who have experienced and survived war, I must admit to feeling significantly humbled by those who have lead people through horrific situations. I then think about those who lead in business and ask the question ‘Is our leadership capacity untested?’ Does the business arena really provide a valid arena for human beings to demonstrate their leadership capacity?’ Sanitised, in so many ways; a protected environment. Or is a leader simply as good as the environment they find themself in?