For AIA Australia CEO Damien Mu, he always equated leadership to doing the most and being the best.
“I thought my role was to be Superman, to solve everyone’s problems,” he recalls, thinking that, to be successful, you needed to work 24/7, exist on zero sleep, and have all the answers. “I thought I was inspiring my team, but how is working like this setting any sort of example? I had nothing left in the bucket.”
Xavier Campbell, CEO of Essendon FC had a similar mentality, pre-pandemic. “As executives and business leaders, we have a tendency to work harder, and go deeper. But the pandemic really forced us to slow down.”
This idea of slowing down, taking stock, and being human, is a powerful way to lead by example.