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Who do you see as a leader driving a positive future of work?

The study on Transformation, the Future of Work and Optimism commenced in September 2021 led by our Advisory Board Member Jeff Kerr Bell.

We asked, "Who do you see as a leader driving a positive future of work?"

Me!  “If it has to be, it is up to me!” reflected many answers.  So too “all of us” and so too everyone.

“Younger people are now stepping up to the mark and driving change”

There were many examples of “My Boss”

Well-known contemporary tech leaders like Elon Musk featured along with the leaders of Google, Satya Nadella at Microsoft and the Atlassian founders.  So too Melanie Perkins of Canva.  Andrew Forrest is popular too.

A favourite of ours David Cooperrider and the Appreciative Inquiry movement was nominated.  Simon Sinek was nominated several times.  The Centre for Optimism and Victor Perton featured in several answers.

Others: Adam Bowcutt, Adam Grant, AHRI, Alan Joyce, AMP’s Alexis George, Amy Singe, Andy Haldane of the RSA, Anne Moore, Paula Kensington, Bill Gates, Brene Brown, Chip Conley, Adam Grant, Lee Harris, Abraham-Hicks, Cindy Hook, Damian Falkingham, David Ulrich, Deloitte CEO Adam Powick, Dr Kirstin Ferguson, Eve Bell, , Greg Embleton, Halla Tómasdóttir, Bryn Freedman, Harley Finklestein the President of Shopify, Heather Yelland of The Elevation Company, Holger Knaack the Immediate Past Rotary International President, Richard Claydon, Simon Sinek, Jeff Berwick, Julie Sweet, Justin Gray (Datacom New Zealand), Kaj Lofgren, Kathryn Goetzke for Hopeful Mindsets, Jim Doty for Compassion Lara Olsen the MD South East Water, Marina Go, Director, Energy Australia, Chair, Netball Australia , Mark Bouris, Martin Probst of PROfound Leadership, Mary Crooks CEO of the Victorian Women's Trust, Michael Priddis CEO of Faethm, Michelle McQuaid and The Change Lab, Mike Cannon-Brooks, Alison Hernandez, Nick Bell, Seth Godin, Gary Vanerchuck, Stephen Pinker, Tracey Ezard, Adam Voigt, PINGIN WISE’s Jamie Bartie, President Robert Nelson of Sacramento State University, Sally Curtain

Business organisations included the Victorian Chamber of Commerce

Political figures included two retirees Angela Merkel and Gladys Berijiklian. Others who were nominated included Italian President Mario Draghi, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Victorian State Premier Dan Andrews, David Seymour of New Zealand’s ACT Party, Penny Wong, James Merlino, Tanya Davies MP, Tanya Plibesek, Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp.

Religious figures like the Dalai Lama and Buddha appeared.

Broader answers included “Those who practise Servant Leadership will be most likely to drive a positive future of work.”


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