Resilient leaders don’t just bounce back in the face of adversity, they can bounce forward! Hear, share and compare at Wise Women #5 in Auckland on 17 September.
Few people escape the personal or professional adversity at some point in their lives. Can you make alternative plans in anticipation or in the middle of adversity?
Most of us know what we can do to toughen up our body to cope with challenging circumstances. Some of us have learned how to light fires, build shelters in the bush or deliver emergency first aid. But how can we ‘hunt for the good stuff’ to preserve and build our mental and emotional resilience? How can we be leaders to ourselves and others at work and home in the face of life’s challenging events? What part does self-esteem play in resilience?
Drawing on military training and leadership along with first-hand experience of life’s ups and downs, host Louisa O'Brien will share some of her own theory and thoughts, and then ask the other Wise Women present for their own insights.
Louisa’s leadership potential was first recognised by her kindergarten teacher who appointed her as blackboard monitor for the whole term. Louisa was good at solving problems in school and, after gaining a business diploma and working as a research analyst with some large corporates, found she had even more of a gift for helping people ask better questions to describe their problem.
Louisa has been co-director of a software, GPS and satellite technology company. She's also had a 28 year career in leadership as a reserve army officer. She has been an instructor at the Army Tactical School, a battalion commander and other appointments including policy and human resources as a colonel.
Currently, Louisa is a programme officer charged with improving the recruitment, retention, progression and wellbeing of women in the New Zealand Defence Force. Additionally, she represents the chief of army in Auckland and instructs in critical and creative thinking at the Defence College.
Louisa has professional membership in the New Zealand Institute of Intelligence Professionals, sits on one management board, is deputy chair on a Women’s Development Steering Group and is number one support person for a friend with cancer.
She is taking a break from her Master’s study in Anthropology to spend more time for herself. When she succeeds in that, Louisa likes to read widely and deeply, take long walks and dreams of travelling more and going on pilgrimage of some sort where there are plenty of cafes, good hotels and interesting people along the way.
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