PDN Virtual Leadership Webinar

PDN Virtual Leadership Webinar
PDN Virtual Leadership Webinar

Principal speaker

William Gooderson


Learning resilient leadership from the battlefield to the boardroom outlines how William Gooderson has shaped his personal and professional journey. A retired British Army Major with combat and corporate experience leading small and large, high performing teams in complex environments, William leverages his insights on what makes a good leader and how to manage your own resilience, through his work as a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and coach. Working with all levels of government and in both public and private enterprise as well as lecturing at the University of Tasmania, William has refined his battlefield learnings to provide effective resilience and leadership training for the spectrum of workplace employees.

Attendees will walk away from this workshop with a deeper understanding of:

- challenges leaders face on a personal and professional level

- complexities of leadership in any environment

- how to build high performing teams

- how to cultivate resilient leadership


William Gooderson, the unconventional leader, is a leadership and resilience coach and motivational speaker who has worked across Australia delivering leadership talks and workshops to a variety of businesses and managerial groups. His lessons on leading high performing teams in complex environments, overcoming cultural challenges in the workplace and effective leadership skills have assisted public and private sector clients in small to large enterprises.

William's nine-year career in the British military as a commissioned officer, paratrooper and engineer, saw him serve across Europe and the Middle East leading teams from 30 - 1000 soldiers from multiple nationalities, including a 7 month combat deployment to Afghanistan. These leadership experiences have since been honed within Australian public and private enterprises over the past eight years, where he has developed an operational understanding of the challenges facing Australian industry and its leadership group.

Through his corporate career, William has coached emerging, operational and executive leaders in both Federal and State government, focusing on the skills required to lead self and then others. He has also provided keynotes on cultural transformation and the role of leadership within private sector tech companies. William has also worked with the CEO Institute, Chartered Accounts ANZ, the Tax Institute and several GOCs and private organisations on the eight traits of leadership that he has found establish the foundation for good leadership in any environment.

In late 2016 William experienced a mental breakdown following ongoing challenges with PTSD and personal complications. Over the following 18 months of rebuilding his mental resilience he adapted his professional profile to incorporate the five principles of resilience he developed off his former experiences working with soldiers battling PTSD and his own journey to overcome the challenges. He has since worked with public and private enterprises within Queensland to assist them with building resilience in workers personal and professional lives. In recent months his work on resilience has been sought out by organisations who are struggling with the mental wellbeing of their teams in a virtual and movement restricted environment.

William is a passionate about sharing his leadership and resilience insights and has worked as an executive coach for the past six years, including a period on the Queensland Health executive coaching panel. Coaching clients have included C-suite members of Queensland based corporations, Federal government executive and management groups and international sports personnel.

In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son's U10 rugby team and has been a member of societal relevance projects that educate refugee schoolchildren on how to prepare for transitioning out of education into the workforce.

William lives in Manly, Brisbane with his wife Jo and son Alexander along with a small herd of animals. To escape it all he enjoys morning dog runs along the Manly foreshore, running fitness bootcamps for likeminded Dads and attempts annual trips to the snow to hit the slopes on board or skis - when not in lockdown.

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RSVP on or before Monday 6 September 2021 09.47 am, by email pdn@griffith.edu.au , or by phone 07 37355626 , or via https://www.griffith.edu.au/arts-education-law/school-education-professional-studies/opportunities/professional-development-network/upcoming-events

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