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Authenticity in action: Cultivating a culture of respect

Podcast host Kimberly Boyd | Podcast guest Darren Smith
May 15, 2024 | 16 min 44 sec

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Brief summary

Being an authentic leader fosters trust, collaboration, and respect within teams. In this episode, Darren Smith, CTO of MYOB, shares his own leadership journey with practical strategies for fostering transparency and team alignment. Whether you're a seasoned leader or aspiring to lead, this podcast offers valuable insights to inspire and guide you on your own leadership path.  

Episode highlights


  • At the start of Darren's leadership journey, he suffered with imposter syndrome, and found that he often felt he hadn't been "productive" due to spending a lot of time in meetings.


  • It's important for leaders to appreciate and begin to value the change in what they're doing as their career progresses. Darren likens this to thinking about the seeds to sow today, rather than what must be done today.


  • One of the biggest learnings as a leader is knowing when to step in to different situations, and when to provide a learning and growth opportunity.


  • Being authentic as a leader means that you're clear on what you are willing to do, and not always bending to the whims of others because that's what they want, or because you're trying to be employee-led or customer-centric.
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