What does good leadership look like? Moving from management to leadership with Sophie McCarthy & Tessa Sexton

20th June 2023 12:15pm - 1:00pm
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12:15-1:00pm AEST


We all want to be the best leaders we can be. But the notion of 'good' leadership is becoming more complex as stakeholder expectations increase, execution becomes more complex, teams become virtual, digital transformation becomes an imperative, and innovation is ever more critical to sustained success. So what does 'good' look like, and how does it shape the transition from management to leadership? Research says that a singular key competency of effective leadership is self-awareness. Having insights into your key abilities and strengths and learning to leverage these can have a powerful impact on the way you perform in your role, your leadership progression, and the impact you have on your team.

In this session, Sophie McCarthy, CEO of McCarthy Mentoring with chat to Tessa Sexton, Director, Coaching & Leadership Programs about clarifying leadership competencies. Their conversation will uncover some tools and resources to achieve this, and will look at the issues through both a behavioral and a business lens. Q&A with the participants will be included.

Pre Work

No pre-work required.


Gain clarity around your key competencies as a leader, and ways to leverage these in both work and life.


Expert speakers will chat informally to share their ways to uncover and leverage strengths, values and purpose as an authentic leader.


Sophie McCarthy is the owner and Chief Executive of McCarthy Mentoring, a Sydney based consulting group that works globally with organisations to inspire and develop their emerging and current leaders. Established in 1998, it offers a suite of mentoring, coaching and leadership programs for senior executives and high potential employees. Partnering with leading companies across the corporate, government and not for profit sectors, it designs programs that drive change, engage people and develop leaders. Success is measured in terms of retention, engagement and promotion.

Over the past decade Sophie has overseen the company’s growth and expansion and works closely with CEOs and HR Directors in diverse industries including finance, power and energy, property, performing arts and mental health services.

Sophie is a coach and mentor and has a strong commitment to diversity and the community. In addition, she has established partnerships with schools and community groups assisting them in a pro bono capacity to establish mentoring programs for students, graduates, refugees and newly arrived Australians.

Prior to this Sophie worked for a decade in communications and project management roles with the NSW Ministry of Science and Medical Research, consulting firms and overseas aid& development agency, Plan International. Her first career was in research and policy in museums and then in public health.

Tessa Sexton has worked at McCarthy Mentoring for 10 years, designing and delivering leadership development programs that motivate, engage and drive change. Working with clients across all sectors, she is passionate about helping talented managers and senior executives find their voice, achieve their goals and perform at their best. Tessa is a mentor, accredited coach and experienced facilitator where she is able to motivate and engage stakeholders towards a common goal. Tessa is also responsible for the business brand and marketing.

Prior to McCarthy Mentoring, Tessa was a marketing & communications specialist for 15 years. During which she held senior management roles including leading the national marketing team at a large not for profit organisation and was a communications consultant to high profile brands in Australia and the UK. Here she provided strategic advice on crisis communication, change strategies and stakeholder relations. Clients were prominent local and global companies including British Airways at which she was the media agency lead for the airline in this region.

Tessa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Tourism Marketing) from the University of Technology, Sydney, is an accredited Organisational Coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership (IECL), and is a certified coach in the Hogan 360 & Leadership Forecast Assessment Tool. Using this tool, Tessa helps clients to build self-awareness and a deeper understanding into their leadership strengths, behaviours, challenges and drivers.