Tampering with the ball

It happened in a flash, with cameras all round capturing the ugly moment. The moment when the cricket ball was tampered with as the Aussies sat in danger of losing to the home side in the third Test against South Africa. The moment that has changed Australian cricket for ever, here on home ground and around the world.

Even our Prime Minister has waded in and whacked the Aussie cricketers in public, saying this is a ‘shocking affront to Australia’ and that ‘cheating is a disgrace’.

This isn’t just a sports story. It’s a story about leadership, or lack thereof in the case of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. It’s a story about putting ethics aside to win.

Here’s what you need to think about in your workplace, whether you’re a junior employee, middle management, or at the top of the ladder. You are responsible for your own actions and a leader in your own right. Leadership isn’t just the responsibility of one person in an organisation. It’s everyone’s responsibility.

Some of us are born ‘natural leaders’. Some of us aren’t. Regardless, there’s always room to improve.

Leadership skills aren’t something you pick up through osmosis. It takes concentrated effort and the realisation that you’re in charge of driving your development. So when was the last time you took stock of your leaderships skills?

Take five today and ask yourself these questions:

  1. What are essential leadership skills?
  2. What are the gaps in my leadership skill set that I need to improve?
  3. Have I participated in a professionally led leadership course?
  4. Have I participated in one-on-one executive career coaching?
  5. What do I need to do STARTING NOW to kickstart to become a better leader?

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Kim Vella is no ordinary coach. She is an experienced accredited executive career coach who belongs to and follows the ethics of the International Coach Federation.