This week on Balance we’re privileged to have the company of Anna Bligh, ex-Premier of Queensland and now CEO of one of Australia’s oldest charitable organisations – the YWCA NSW.
As Queensland’s first female Premier, who can forget Anna’s compassionate, yet steely leadership that helped guide QLD through the devastating floods of 2010-11? In this clip, Anna talks about navigating the fine line between being a strong leader commanding authority and having empathy and understanding of how your decisions or actions impact the electorate and the team around her.
As many of you know, almost a year after leaving politics in 2012, Anna was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after discovering a small lump on her neck. You can listen here to the effect that cancer on Anna’s life and the positives she wrought from that harrowing experience.
One of Anna’s most recognisable character traits is her strength and resilience in the face of adversity. Her uplifting memoir ‘Through the wall: Reflections on leadership, love and survival‘ is a testimony to her ability to overcome whatever obstacles life throws at her, and has lessons throughout it that we can all learn from.
In today’s clip, Anna Bligh talks about being a women over 50, ageing gracefully and the empowerment of being in your 50s. In fact she worries far less about what people think. “I’m loving my 50’s!” said Anna, “You do start to worry more about what’s going to happen as I get older, but even that seems like it might be just as good as this!'” And who are we to disagree?