Defining Leaders is passionate about leadership. Our focus is to provide the best possible assistance in developing the leadership skills of the individuals which make up your leadership team, and the performance of the team as a strong, cohesive and highly focussed group. We instil the knowledge, skills and attitudes to perform well in leadership roles. Our focus is on inspirational, resilient leadership and we work with you to achieve tangible improvement in business outcomes as a result.
Defining Leaders increases the effectiveness, productivity and profitability of individuals, teams and enterprises by improving their leadership capability, in practical and pragmatic ways.
Aimed for key contributors who have been trained in core skills other than people management and managers who wish to improve their team management skills.
Independent and confidential sessions designed to provide an unbiased and experienced view-point for professionals in high demand positions.
Aimed at aspiring, new and experienced Executives who need both management skills and the guidance offered by an independent, unbiased mentor
We recently embarked on a new journey and launched our very first book on leadership and the important role it plays in the success of contemporary and modern organisations. Throughout our book, we ex
As someone who has held leadership positions in numerous respects, there are several things that helped me decide who I wanted to be, who I didn’t want to be and, most importantly, allowed me to feel
It is well known that organisations without strong leadership at the helm often tend to aimlessly drift. In today’s challenging business environment, this drifting will inevitably result in the organi
Thoroughly enjoyed the program, that challenged my thinking about leaders and leadership. …..walked away with some very practical ideas that I will be applying to my leadership style.
The Defining Leaders program was a truly inspirational experience for me. …..going to change my life moving forwards. I highly recommend it!
I have been using Defining Leaders for the past 3 years and have found the insight they have given me both at an individual level as well as at a business and team level to be invaluable. My experience is that is so hard to find the space in one’s normal business day to get to some of the thinking that really matters if one wants to continue to grow the business. I have found that using the Defining Leaders team and the sessions we as a team have had with them has given us the strategic thinking we lacked at times. I have personally gained tremendously from my one on one session with Mark and the personal blind spots he has highlighted to me. I would recommend them to anyone
I really enjoyed the Developing Tomorrows Business Leaders program. Daryl and Mark are very experienced presenters and delivered the content in an easy, even entertaining way. I have learnt a lot about myself and what to improve to become a good leader. I would definitively recommend the program to anyone who is unsure about his/her leadership skills.
We are at a unique point in history; faced with unprecedented political, economic, technological, societal and cultural change – organisations have to make decisions faster and empower and inspire their people despite this uncertainty. It will not be easy - there will be greater job insecurity, demand for purpose-led business and leaders, and volatile revenue growth impacted by far more transient customer preferences. The leaders who will thrive tomorrow will understand all these dynamics and how they impact their sector, their strategy, their customers and their people. I have been fortunate to know Mark & Daryl for over 3 decades – two outstanding, genuine people, who have demonstrated resilience and adaptability in their own careers, they are very well placed to help your leaders understand how to be constantly adapting, exploring and innovating - and developing their own leadership expertise.
Fantastic leadership program – will challenge you to explore your leadership in an ever-changing environment. It really helped me to reflect on where I am now and how I remain current and agile in a dynamic market. Many thanks for a great two days.
The DEFINING LEADERS program was highly engaging, informative and, best of all, fun. It had a great mix of people who brought an interesting diversity of skills and experience and really added to the experience. This is a highly recommended program for anyone in a leadership role or anyone looking to step up into a leadership role.
Daryl Bates’ leadership capacity is both polished and accomplished. He readily assumes responsibility and places great importance on the desires and ambitions of his people. Being a dedicated and highly motivated leader he is inspiring in his leadership intervention and ongoing representation of the needs and aspirations of his people balanced against those of the corporate organisation he represents. Daryl is a charismatic leader committed to personal values who motivates followers through character and personal example.
I was fortunate enough to recently participate in a ‘Developing Tomorrows Business Leaders’ program with Mark and Daryl. The program has certainly increased my understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s challenging business climate. Regardless of whether you are leading a team of two or wanting to be CEO of an enterprise organisation, Mark and Daryl have a way of simplifying complex issues into a more structured and logical manner. The self-reflection exercises ensure that you leave with the skills to a be leader, but also the knowledge and tools to be a great leader. I look forward to putting the skills learned into practice. Jason Glackner, WISE Employment
I am grateful to have had the luxury of leveraging Defining Leaders' consulting services, focused on younger professionals or managers who in their careers were now in the transition into leadership roles. If you personally are at this juncture in your career, or you are a leader looking for the best way to add value to the real-life business learning of your subordinates in this category, I would urge you to consider their services. I know you won't regret it.
Daryl Bates is a highly accomplished leader with an impressive track record in Defence. Success in numerous senior positions over a long period has consistently demonstrated his innate capacity to make a difference. Daryl's achievements are underpinned by innovation, determination, enthusiasm and highly polished interpersonal communication skills. His impressive oversight in the establishment of an 'end to end' training system for the Royal Australian Navy is testament to an exceptional ability to effectively lead in the most highly complex, dynamic and demanding of circumstances. Empowerment and development of his people are hallmarks of Daryl's approach.
Increasingly business people are finding themselves in positions of leadership, and in general, we are ill-prepared. The ‘Developing Tomorrows Business Leaders' program allowed me to take stock, debrief, compare notes with other leaders and to prepare strategies to improve. Daryl and Mark (and the guest presenters) created an environment of introspection and learning to allow for personal growth. Well done, gentlemen!
I have worked closely with Daryl across a range of environments. We first worked together when he had responsibility for designing and implementing a comprehensive education and training system across Defence for both civilians and the military. The next time was when he was responsible for a first principles evaluation of operations to counter drug transportation, illegal shipping and piracy in the Gulf and Middle East region. The outcome of his new approach led to record intercepts of drugs and illegal shipping. Two big jobs in entirely different environments – both done superbly. Daryl knows how to think, he knows how to plan, and he knows how to lead and deliver. I have no doubt that he can share that experience with his team in Defining Leaders.
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