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Name: Mick Eley
Title: Director of Sport and Culture
Organisation: Toowoomba Christian College
25 years teaching experience in a variety of roles and settings. AM Primary Trained but have taught in the Secondary for 21 of my 25 years. Have been in middle management for 15 years
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
The ever changing culture that surrounds us and the ability of our school community to seek and sustain Godly morals and values.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I was selected as a reluctant leader in High School and have found myself being promoted to leadership throughout my life. I do not and will not seek leadership positions but wait to be tapped on the shoulder and serve where needed. I do seek leadership development opportunities and attend seminars and conferences to help me grow in this area.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
With the fluidity of my life, particularly my work the number one thing I try to do each day is make a real effort to value people. This starts from the moment I wake up with my family and flows throughout my day. Relationship is the most important thing!
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Vulnerability and transparency build genuine trust.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Gospel by JD Greer. It is a great reminder that I need to be pointing others to Christ not drawing them to myself. This enables freedom and peace in my leadership because I am reminded that I am not the best leader. HE is!
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Find great mentors that have different strengths but all need to be relational.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
I had the privilege on two separate occasions to go to Melbourne and spend some time with the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Team. The most impacting thing from both trips was the sessions with the football director talking out culture and the lengths that they go to to maintain and build a culture of success. At the core of all they do is relationship and from that commitment (Buy in) and work hard to achieve.