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Alex Malley kicks off the 2014 BOSS Emerging Leaders Program

18 Mar 2014

A strong sense of self can contribute to effective and relevant leadership, according to Alex Malley, Chief Executive of CPA Australia.

Speaking at the first event for the 2014 BOSS Emerging Leaders program, a leadership initiative launched in 2012 by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine, in partnership with the University of Sydney Business School, Mr Malley candidly referred to challenging circumstances in his childhood and adolescent years, and how they have shaped his leadership style.

"I learned to observe people at a young age," said Mr Malley. "A lot of people don't allow themselves to watch and feel things. When you do, it allows you to communicate in a way that is relevant. I am fascinated by people. I think it's one of my greatest assets."

Mr Malley went on to encourage his audience of over 150 to vocalise their goals and learn more about themselves in order to find a position of influence and significance.

"Leadership is about breaking new ground, frontier and showing people a new way," Mr Malley said. "But never lose who you are. There is no right way. Learn your skills and don't play someone else's game."

The University of Sydney Business School is partnering again with the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine to deliver the Emerging Leaders Program, now in its third year.

The Emerging Leaders Program provides up and coming leaders with the opportunity to network and gain business insights from Australia's foremost business and leadership experts.

"We are delighted to partner again with the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine to deliver this fantastic program," said Associate Dean, Management Education, Professor Richard Hall. "At the University of Sydney Business School, we are all about cultivating the future leaders of Australia."

Professor Hall went on to say that, "the DNA of leadership is connection, and that's what this program is all about. Through networking opportunities, thought leadership and mentoring, we want to see Australia's emerging leaders develop leadership skills and connections for the future."

The Emerging Leaders program includes four keynote speaker events and two master classes at the University of Sydney Business School. Members of the program also have access to mentorship with leading business executives and professionals.

For more information and details of upcoming events, please visit the BOSS Emerging Leaders website.

Alex Malley is responsible for 19 offices globally and more than 150,000 CPA Australia members in 121 countries. He is one of only two Australians to be included on The Accountant publication's list of the world's top 50 most influential people in the accounting profession. For more information, visit the CPA Australia website. You can read more about Alex's leadership insights via his Linkedin Influencer blog and on Twitter via @AlexMalleyCEO.