Last week, Biz Latin Hub’s Mexico team attended the “Leading Experience – Leadership Workshop” organized by ANZMEX (Australia-New Zealand-Mexico Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc.), Austrade (Australian Trade and Investment Commission), the Australian Embassy and 8 of the largest universities in Australia.
The event included keynote appearances from Donald Smallwood (President of ANZMEX), Gabrielle Hall (Business Development Manager AUSTRADE), Sergio Almazán (Director of ANZMEX) and other leading figures in their industries.
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ANZMEX Leadership Workshop – Building international connections through leadership
First speaker, Dr. Dan Caprar, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney Business School addressed topics related to ‘Leading in a complex world.’ Dr. Caprar spoke about the different types of leadership and that today, we live in a world where everyone wants to be a leader, and so these skills are crucial. He asserted that a leader can possess any number of attributes.
The next presenter, Professor John Shields, Academic Director International at University of Sydney Business School addressed the ‘dark side’ of leadership. He discussed how people perceive ‘good’ and ‘bad’ command. This idea acknowledged that flaws in a leader are to be expected but aren’t fatal to character, as long as a person can be self-aware of their weaknesses.
As leaders, we are constantly working towards achieving an objective. Good leaders adapt to their situation and understand the values of their team members and understand how to reward and empower people.
Finally, the last presenter was Alfredo Calderón, General Manager of Calderón y Orozco, a law firm in Mexico, who after studying in Mexico, completed his studies in Australia. Mr Calderón has played a strong role in forging connections between Mexican and Australian universities. This connection facilitates a greater understanding by Australian universities of the difficulties faced by
Mexican students in studying in Australia. Mr Calderón acknowledged the support received from the Australian Embassy in Mexico and other organizations in developing this connectivity. As a major exporter of education to Latin America, Australia’s growing connections in the education sector, and supporting from agencies such as Embassies and Commerce Chambers will increase academic cooperation and exchange between the two regions.
ANZMEX, Austrade, and Biz Latin Hub
ANZMEX is the Business Council of Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. It is a trilateral business platform that aims to support and promote collaboration between the three countries.
Austrade, or the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, forges relationships and connections to promote Australia’s economic prosperity.
We warmly thank ANZMEX and its president, Donald Smallwood, and Austrade and Gabrielle Hall, for their hospitality and professionalism. We thank the speakers for their knowledge and what they shared with us during these exchanges.
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