Authentic Leadership: Creating Highly Engaged Organisations


Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.

Brené Brown

In the highly competitive world of big business, the idea of a leader being authentic (especially if that involves vulnerability) is unheard of. Traditionally we have put business leaders on a pedestal and given them a ‘god-like’ status where they have all the power and can seldom be wrong. And even if they do make the wrong call, they deflect responsibility to other factors.

For most traditional leaders, having control is critical so the idea of demonstrating any vulnerability would be perceived as loss of control and therefore failure as a leader, which is unacceptable in most organisations. However, there is a new leader that is emerging. A leader who takes responsibility for his own actions and not shy to say "I was wrong or I don't know'.

This leader leads with a strong sense of humility balancing strength and vulnerability with the team. The authentic leader has a high level of engagement in their team because the team sees someone like them, with similar fears and insecurities, taking on the challenge of leading by example. Authentic leaders build loyalty and create great business outcomes with their teams because they create an environment of trust and collaboration.

So what does authenticity look like in the world of big business and everyone is paranoid of how they are perceived? What does it take to be authentic and how can we cultivate this quality? What is that fine line where vulnerability translates into strength vs. weakness? And most importantly what is the business impact of authenticity on business outcomes?

Join us for a fascinating conversation when business and thought leaders sharing perspectives on what it really looks like to lead with authenticity and how this creates better outcomes for all.

The event will be co-hosted with Openground and Timothea Goddard and we are grateful to Andrew Gale for providing access to the venue.


Please register as an Openground connection to receive a discount on the fee.

Contact Lisa Stone at for details



Venue: MLC/NAB Wealth Building, 105 -153 Miller St, North Sydney
Date: 30th November
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm





What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.



Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.



Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 


Roz , 2018