“The purpose was to gather as many leaders as possible together at the beginning of the new quinquennium to share our leadership strategic direction and conduct a series of workshops around these key areas of strategic leadership focus,” said Dean Banks, South Pacific Division (SPD) leadership and professional development manager.
“From an SPD leadership perspective, there’s a recognition that to achieve our mission, we need an enterprise [a] mindset and the skills to influence and execute our strategy rapidly. This is done through modeling the way and enabling those we lead to executing effectively,” Banks added.
Roger Fairfax, Work Health and Safety coordinator for the Greater Sydney Conference, was among the attendees. “Thanks so much for your help in this series of talks on leadership,” he said. “Very inspiring and thought-provoking, with practical examples for going forward.”
Sarah Aratai, Cook Islands pastor, also found the workshops beneficial. “I have been blessed with the leadership workshop on Zoom these past days. I needed this leadership workshop. I have moved to outer islands and I have an issue of leadership here, not having [a] mission focus; we are just doing church.”
Banks said a number of leadership initiatives have been planned, including a pilot monthly leadership roundtable starting in September.
“We’re also partnering in September with the recently formed Global Leadership Institute with an online, four-day, experiential, leadership program designed for up to 100 leaders across the South Pacific, where they apply learning to simulations and real-time problem solving,” he said.