Who are you as a leader? People want real and authentic leaders, and to be authentic, it takes understanding your own identity and style. This realization is what helped Ian navigate through the Land of the Unexpected.
Ian Clough was born in Papua New Guinea where he spent his early life and is proud of his PNG heritage.
Studying in Australia before returning to the family business, Ian began his life in retail with the Sir Brian Bell Group, working during school holidays and more permanently after graduation.
Working in roles within Kmart, Bunnings, Liquorland, Coles Supermarkets and Target, Ian’s 25 year career with Wesfarmers providedsignificant leadership development and opportunity.
After forging a successful retail career in one of Australia’s biggest companies, he returned to PNG to add value back to his family's business and to the PNG community.
On this episode:
Learn more about Ian’s journey through PNG and Australian retail and his development into leadership
The importance and impact mentorship has on learning how to lead at larger scales
Understanding the world of the people you’re serving to make solid decisions
Passions and priorities in communities are evolving - leaders need to be able to adapt to these expectations
A look at how Ian’s work within retail specifically informs his leadership style and how he has had to adjust between two different countries
Leaders can’t afford to rely solely on technology, you need to be good at interpersonal, meaningful connection
What leadership is like in one of the most diverse and unexpected environments in the world
The importance of your identity of a leader
Mentors can draw the best out of you
A leader needs to be empathetic
Leadership is becoming more culture focussed
Don’t get so lost in technology you forget to connect personally
Being responsive and adaptable is critical in this fast paced world
“I think your own credibility, your own style, your own brand; that’s very important, because when you talk about reputations, when you talk about integrity, authenticity is very important.” - Ian Clough
“Leadership is much more culture focussed than before… I think the leaders of today need to be really focussed on what culture they’re trying to build and maintain within their work environment.” - Ian Clough