What does it take to move into a leadership role, and how can you lead well once you’re there?
MEC Mining’s event with Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) delivered fascinating insights from a panel of mining professionals to an audience of technical experts – mostly women – on 15 February.
Held at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar on the banks of the Brisbane River, the networking breakfast gathered together some of the brightest minds in mining and resources. The Q&A format encouraged frank discussions around the nature of leadership and its inherent challenges, and attendees were encouraged to use the morning to forge new professional connections.
The Q&A was led by MEC mining engineer Brady Bowcock, and the panellists were:
- Maria Joyce (WIMARQ Chair)
- Simon Cohn (Ortus Mining Director and MEC Mining Non-Executive Director)
- Adam Frankish (Batchfire Resources Manager – Geology).
The panellists fielded many interesting questions about their personal journeys to leadership and how they approach their roles now. All agreed that while technical competence is vital, it’s only part of what it takes to succeed as a leader. Drawing on more than 50 years’ collective experience, Maria, Simon and Adam reflected on the challenges and major learnings in their careers so far, sharing their advice on the evolution from professional expert to influential leader.
In opening the breakfast, Maria Joyce acknowledged how difficult it can be to network and ask questions but stressed the importance of professional relationships and mentoring opportunities: “Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Networking isn’t just about giving your pitch… Make the relationship count and stay in touch past this event because you never know where it might lead down the track.”
MEC plans to facilitate similar events in future, where mining professionals can network and learn from each other. If you’re interested in hearing more, email [email protected] and we’ll keep you in the loop so you don’t miss out.