Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Leadership Lessons from the World's Largest Miner and Sam Walsh AO


Rio Tinto is one of the world's largest mining companies, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London listed public company headquartered in the UK, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

The two companies are joined in a dual listed companies (DLC) structure as a single economic entity, called the Rio Tinto Group.

Sam Walsh was appointed chief executive of the Iron Ore group in December 2004, with responsibilities for operations and projects in Australia, Canada, Guinea and India, as well as for Dampier Salt and Rio Tinto Marine. Sam is also chief executive of Rio Tinto Australia and chairman of Rio Tinto China.

He recently spoke at the Graduate Management Association dinner (Pictured with Dr Michael Chaney - patron, Thomas Murrell Vice President and Paul McCann President).

He is also heavily involved in the Arts and was a Queen Scout, adult Scout leader and President, Western Australian Branch of Scouts Australia.

So how did Scouts influence his leadership style?

1. Focus
The experiences help you focus on a vision and task you want to do.

2. Teamwork
Scouting helps you learn skills working in a team.

3. Culture
Scouts is known for it's ritualised symbolism and is a learning platform for creating the right environment where people are empowered.

4. Support
Scouts is well known for nurturing, encouraging and fostering those you are leading so they can deliver.

5. Value Creation
How to deliver value is a critical skill. You can be good technically but the contribution of people is how you create value.

Here is a podcast interview with Sam Walsh.





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