CEO of HammondCare and former Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird AO, was FEI’s guest for our Sydney mentoring program launch.
Speaking about leadership and values, Mike shared three of his guiding principles from his time in politics and beyond:
- operating with integrity and doing what’s right even when it’s difficult or unpopular;
- coming from a place of passion and energy for the work at hand; and
- delivering results and having an impact.
To bring his values to life, Mike aligned them with historical figures whose work he admires for embodying the combination of ideals. Framed portraits of each hang in Mike’s office today, a daily reminder of his principles in action.
William Wilberforce was a British parliamentarian whose work led initially to the abolition of the British slave trade, and ultimately to the abolition of slavery itself in British territory.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist Minister and civil rights activist who, through championing non-violent protest, sought to end racial segregation in the United States. His work was instrumental to legislation protecting civil and voting rights.
Sir Roden Cutler, hailing, like Mike, from Manly had a long career as a foreign diplomat before becoming the longest serving Premier of NSW. He was awarded the Victoria Cross during his service in World War II.
Mike joined FEI on behalf of the HammondCare Foundation and, in particular its Dreams Project of which FEI is a proud supporter.