Leadership in an Age of Disruption and Uncertainty – with Major General Gus McLachlan AO (Ret’d)
Today on the HR Breakfast Club podcast, our guest host James Judge sits down with Gus McLachlan to talk about leadership in the digital age. Gus has recently transitioned from the role as Major General in the Australian Army after 38 years of service.
Gus has commanded at all levels including commanding the first brigade and has completed several overseas deployments to Afghanistan, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands. He’s also been seconded to the Pentagon and has filled the role of Chief of Staff to the then Chief of the Australian Defence Force, sir Angus Houston.
His last role was as head of Forces Command managing 35,000 women and men across a couple of functional areas including the individual training of skills as diverse as tank drivers to carpenters, helicopter pilots, and cyber defenders.
With such a diverse scope of leadership responsibilities throughout his career, we are very pleased to be discussing the ways in which leadership has changed over the years. Gus was generous with his time and provided invaluable insight into how to create a positive, supportive work culture.
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Some topics we cover:
- What does good leadership look like
- The impacts of diversity in leadership on the workforce
- What kind of leadership programs are the best performing
- Social media is a necessary part of leadership, but use this as a professional tool
- How to use social media to highlight the achievements of your workforce
- What happens when leadership goes wrong
Resources We Mentioned:
“Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys” by Michael Collins
“Team of Teams : New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World” Gen Stanley Mc Chrystal (Ret)