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First Leaders: Leadership Principles of First Nations Societies for the Modern Leader

Join Ros Cardinal and the author of First Leaders, Andrew O’Keeffe, as they discuss leadership lessons from the First Nations.

Andrew O’Keeffe’s interest in the human-side of workplaces goes back a long way. As a youngster growing up in the outback mining town of Broken Hill, Andrew was intrigued by the city’s rich industrial relations history. He observed how the cooperative relationship between unions and management brought benefits to the whole community. For the past 15 years, Andrew has run his own consulting and leadership education business, Hardwired Humans, with a focus on helping organisations and individual leaders align their leadership practices with human instincts. Andrew’s most recent contribution to leadership has been investigating the leadership practices of First Nations societies. This investigation led him to visit 11 First Nations across Africa, the Amazon, Australia, New Zealand, and North America. The approach by First Nation societies, refined over the millennia, adds significantly to the practice of leadership in workplaces. Andrew’s most recent book on his research of First Nations leadership is First Leaders. His two previous books are Hardwired Humans and The Boss.

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