Sundowner: Teamwork and Leadership - The Servant Leader Approach

Join us for this sundowner event to hear from Michael Smith, Principal, Black House, and Chair of 7-Eleven and Starbucks.

October 31, 2023

2 hours



Michael Smith Hon DLitt (UWA) FAICD, Principal Black House

Michael has a long history in the development of effective strategies, managing performance and identifying critical success factors for outstanding executive team function.

He has provided extensive strategic support in the building of elite-level executive teams to numerous organisations including Rio Tinto, St John of God Health Care, the West Australian Football Commission and the Western Australian Cricket Association.

Michael’s passion for leading governance in the boardroom is exemplary and his contributions at the board level are considerable. He is the current Chair of 7-Eleven Stores PL and Starbucks Australia and is the Patron of the Co3 Dance Company.

His past roles include Chair of Pioneer Credit, iiNet, Synergy, Verve, the Perth International Arts Festival and the West Coast Eagles.

In 2014, Michael was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia for his contribution to the business sector and the arts. In addition to this award, Michael is the recipient of the Patron’s Medal – His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, in recognition of his services to marketing by the Australian Marketing Institute.

Michael Smith is an experienced leader and chairman who has achieved leadership roles he didn’t expect or plan on. During our latest Sundowner, he will discuss his unique leadership approach, sharing insights from his own journey about how leadership, teamwork and success can be interwoven into the most successful organisations.

Michael will shed light on his accidental discovery of the value of servant leadership, an approach that puts the team first and opens doors to other leadership styles and opportunities.

He will explore how this style builds strong, capable teams and creates a positive and engaging work environment. Prepare to challenge your perception of leadership and consider how a low ego model can be surprisingly powerful.

Additionally, Michael will delve into how people from all walks of life, not just those who fit the traditional leader mould, can step into leadership roles. His experiences show how embracing a variety of perspectives can lead to transformative changes within a team or organisation.

This event offers an inside look at how servant leadership empowers individuals, teams and organisations to achieve their goals. You will learn about an approach to leadership that values teamwork and collaboration first.


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