A guide to collaborative leadership | Lorna Davis

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Translator: Ivana Korom Reviewer: Krystian Aparta

It was a fantastic new pink suit

with big buttons and shoulder pads.

It was 1997,

and I was the new boss of Griffin's Foods,

an iconic cookie and snacks company in New Zealand.

It was my first time as the leader of a company,

and I was on the stage to give a big speech

about our ambitious new goals.

I knew exactly what my call to action was,

which was "One in every four times a Kiwi eats a snack,

it will be one of ours."

I emphasized that we knew how to measure our results

and that our future was in our control.

Embarrassingly enough,

I finished up with "If not this, what?

If not us, who?

And if not now, when?"

I got this huge round of applause

and I was really, really pleased with myself.

I wanted so much to be a good leader.