Retired Major General Lewis MacKenzie spoke at the Enform Petroleum Safety Conference in the North Peace Cultural Centre to instill his values of leadership to participants at the conference.
Referred to by Maclean’s Magazine as the ‘greatest living speaker in Canada’, Mackenzie used his experiences in the Canadian military to provide examples of leadership. Mackenzie says he sees leadership as getting others to do what they do not want to do, yet enjoy doing it at the same time.
He says that he learned more about leadership from seeing negative examples rather than positive ones. He says he feels that it is important get out in your field and interact with the people you are supposed to lead.
Mackenzie also says he believes that people should not change who they are as a person when they are put into a position of leadership because it is these traits that secured them their positions in the first place.
MacKenzie made clear that leaders must provide positive feedback to their subordinates and get to know their passions so they can relate at different levels. Successful leaders must also display the courage to diasagree, but at the same time be willing to accept responsibility for their actions. MacKenzie also says he believes it is important to think outside the box.
MacKenzie was a keynote speaker at the conference and his speech was well received by those in attendance.