Director, Quench Group
Embarking on a career as a Naval Officer at the age of 15, leadership has been part of Martin Brooker’s DNA for over 40 years.
A veteran of 37 years service in the Royal Australian Navy, Martin now specialises in working with individuals and organisations teaching them ‘how to be the captain of their own ship’. His extensive career included command at sea and operational service in the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Pacific. He retired from full-time service in March 2015 with the rank of Commodore.
Everyday leaders are under fire with pressure to:
– believe more in themselves,
– confidently step up to today’s’ leadership challenge, and
– have all the answers in a volatile business environment, and skilfully engage their teams and lead them to success every time.
In this keynote, ‘Leadership under Fire’, Martin shares his lived experiences leading men and women in harms way through a personal leadership story. He explores those challenges and the fact that, as a leader, you never know when you will need to ‘step up’ rather than simply ‘show up’.
Martin will challenge an audience to:
– think about their approach to leadership,
– have the humility to be open to new and different thinking,
– explore old and new ideas,
– connect them to their own leadership experiences, and
– find the courage to do something different long after they have left the event.
‘Leadership Under Fire’ is about the mistakes, the critical lessons learned and the successes. From how to create the right environment, to communicating with effect, building a team that works, eating humble pie and learning how to laugh at yourself.
He is passionate about people leading people and helping people transition from being the competent professional to the authentic leader. He believes that people have the potential to be the leader they need to be for the people they lead and to be a positive impact in their community.
Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, a graduate of the QUT Business school and proud to be an ‘R U OK’ Community Ambassador.