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Faith important part of being a good leader


Good leaders have a duty to unlock the God-given talents of their team, attendees at the 37th annual SA Prayer Breakfast heard this morning.

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Guest speaker George Savvides from Melbourne told the gathering that his faith had acted as a “rudder and compass” throughout his life, and that included his work as a business leader in the corporate sector.

“As leaders we do not know the talents that exist in our teams. God put it there and it is up to us to unlock it,” he said, adding that good leadership was “not about ambition”.

The 1000-strong audience comprising students, business leaders, representative of church groups and not for profit organisations heard Mr Savvides’ views on the attributes of a good leader, and how one’s faith did not need to be compromised in business decisions.

A committed Christian, Mr Savvides was the CEO of several organisations in the health sector, including Medibank for 14 years. He is currently the chair of World Vision Australia, which he told the gathering was part of his commitment to “faith in action”.

The son of Greek Cypriot parents, Mr Savvides described how his faith had been important from a young age and how he was constantly renewing his faith “in the heart, more than the head”.

The morning program also included the launch of the book, Deep Leadership, written by Dr Nick Hawkes, as well as prayers which focused on the city, State and nation; the marketplace; and education.




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