Magazine article New Zealand Management

Not Boxed In

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Not Boxed In

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While some people painstakingly try to think outside the square, others can effortlessly see a kaleidoscope of opportunities. The latter would be true of the 17 young leaders profiled in this month's cover story. All are under 35 years of age, and their collective stories of vision, charisma and enterprise bode well for our nation's future.

They are a very diverse group. But there are some common threads. Many, for example, have from a very early age worked outside of traditional boundaries and frameworks to achieve their goals. While many leaders thrive when problems are thrust upon them, this bunch of young souls will happily create their dreams from scratch. As Vicki Watson, programme director at the Sir Peter Blake Trust, commented in one of our many discussions on the topic, they seem to have no concept that something can't be done.

This month's focus on leadership is our contribution to the inaugural New Zealand Leadership Week which runs from 15 to 21 July. The concentration of events is designed to raise awareness of leadership's role in growing a vibrant, diverse and successful New Zealand.

Fanning out across the country, events kick off with the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards in Wellington and include a lively mix of presentations, debates and panel discussions at breakfast, cocktail and dinner functions throughout the week. Full details are on www.nzleadershipweek.org

Leadership attributes are not, of course, the sole domain of those who have been on this planet for less than 35 years. …

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