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  1. Kathryn O'Connell Sutherland says:

    Kei te mihi ki a koe Gae Thawley for all the sharing and conversations about leadership.

  2. Sarah Te Ome says:

    It’s not often you read such insightful reflections in one place and in such a short piece. Kathryn, you have made visible exactly how you conceive the importance of leadership as both an external and internal process: culturally responsive; integrated and grounded by a mix of expectation and reality. I saw, heard and felt your leadership as a member of that amazing team but also in this blog. Ka nui ngā mihi aroha ki a koe.

  3.' Maria Cooper says:

    Kia ora Kathryn, thank you for sharing such an honest, thought-provoking, and resource-filled post! Your courage, vulnerability, and commitment to others stood out to me, not only in your leadership responsibility as “navigator of the waka”, but also in the way you have extended your commitment to the sector by sharing your story with us. Your openness about feeling vulnerable as a leader inspired me. I don’t think any of us come to leadership responsibilities knowing exactly how to do what needs to be done. Life is too complex for this level of certainty. Effective leaders are also not afraid to acknowledge their own limitations and they have the courage to seek out the support of those around them, when needed. Your story has shown us how to do this. I do believe that looking beyond the self and towards the skills, knowledge, and expertise within the collective is a much more powerful approach to leadership than trying to go it alone. Well done on having the courage to show us what a leadership-for-learning journey looks like and for highlighting the complexities of your leadership work. We can all benefit from these ideas.
    Ngā mihi,

  4.' Carolyn Ryk says:

    I have been in the position recently, to put my own leadership practice under the microscope. What you say about emotional intelligence can not be over looked. I have enjoyed reading your blog and have found within it, wisdom which has great relevance to my own journey.
    Poipoia te kakano, kia puawai

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