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Frontline leadership

Stephen Bell | Dec. 18, 2012
After more than five years with the National and ANZ banks in ICT-related roles, Victor Vae'au decided, in 2007, to "round out" his career with some public-service experience. He applied for an applications development post in the NZ Defence Force and was told of an opportunity as operations manager.

Sound facts are a basis for good dialogue, Vae'au says. "We must ensure we're making decisions and sticking to them. Ultimately it's about delivery; that's what influences credibility with my peers in the military and my staff at the technical level; delivery of the outcomes will be the ultimate celebration for us all."

What is his definition of leadership? "For me leadership is about people; about having an authentic approach to people: integrity, comradeship, courage and commitment are words to describe it.

"We have to make all sorts of decisions; If you can communicate with clarity, connect with people and make decisions in a timely fashion, but also have the courage to change them if they're not the right decisions, I think you build a good credibility with your folk."


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