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7 Questions on Leadership with Billy Arau

Name: Billy Arau

Title: Ward Member/Councilor

Organisation: Local Level Government

I am 41 years old and I come from Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. Am married and I have a child. Won the election in 2019 and it's my fourth year as a politician.

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Billy's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Understanding different classes of people how to deal with them responsively.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I contest in 2019 National Local Level Government Council Election and won through electoral processes.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Since being a politician in PNG is not like strict where you clock in and out daily on time. More or less I am free everyday except on meeting days and when am invited to attend a program.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Being transparent, accountable and take extreme responsibilities for my actions especially dealing with public grants.

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?

Miles Monroe book about leadership has been an inspiration especially about leadership attitude. Been a leader is not that easy but when you are born with it comes naturally easy.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Believe in yourself that leadership is already in your and that you will have to cultivate it with right qualities to develop the exceptional trait of leadership that will make you become a positive influencer.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

The first time I stood as a leader and take up the role as a master of ceremony addressing a high profile delegates in the likes of British High Commissioner to PNG. It was memorable.

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