Focusing on Executive (or Adaptive) Leadership Decision Making

May 9, 2024

In a recent webinar session led by John Jackson, President & CEO of LINKS Institute, attendees learned about the profound impact of self-leadership on both personal and professional growth. John's presentation offered valuable insights into adaptive leadership skills, prompting participants to reflect on their individual leadership styles and behaviours.

Hailing from Australia, John embarked on his professional journey in Canada, earning credentials as a registered psychiatric nurse and completing a master's degree in psychiatric nursing, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing. With extensive experience in clinical and senior leadership roles across public, private, and non-profit sectors, John possesses a profound understanding of workplace dynamics and effective strategies for restoring wellness. Passionate about leadership development and mental wellness, John advocates for the interconnectedness between promoting mental health and fostering effective organizational leadership behavior. As an active volunteer and mental health advocate, John contributes to various initiatives, including serving on the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba Discipline Committee and supporting the development of mental health professions. His academic pursuits and research interests focus on nursing and allied health profession regulation, emphasizing the importance of division of labor in healthcare settings. Join us as John shares his insights and expertise in leadership, mental wellness, and organizational dynamics.

Key Points Explored

Leadership Promotion Criteria:

  • John highlighted the diverse reasons behind individuals being promoted into leadership roles, underscoring the potential for growth and development over time, even for those initially lacking certain skills.

Leadership as Behavior:

  • The discussion emphasized the notion of leadership extending beyond titles or positions, emphasizing the importance of behaviors and mindsets that inspire and influence others.

True Leadership Qualities:

  • Attendees were encouraged to consider the essence of true leadership, focusing on traits like inspiration, influence, and support, rather than solely relying on formal designations and education.

Importance of Self-Leadership:

  • John underscored the significance of understanding one's own leadership capabilities before guiding others, emphasizing the role of personal beliefs in shaping leadership expectations.

Factors Influencing Leadership Aspirations:

  • Participants explored various factors driving individuals to aspire to leadership roles, including role models, mentors, and personal life experiences, shedding light on the complexities of leadership development.

Cultural Influence on Leadership Style:

  • John shared personal insights into how cultural backgrounds can shape leadership approaches, drawing from his experience transitioning between Australia and Canada.

Control Over Attitude and Response:

  • Anecdotes were shared to underscore the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and exercising control over responses, particularly in challenging situations.

Self-Reflection on Leadership Qualities:

  • The presentation encouraged attendees to engage in introspection, identifying both strengths and areas for growth in their leadership journey.


John Jackson's presentation offered a thought-provoking exploration of self-leadership, providing attendees with actionable insights to enhance their leadership effectiveness. The webinar fostered meaningful dialogue and reflection, underscoring the value of ongoing professional development in today's dynamic work environment.

We use these guiding principles at Credivera when working with our partners and customers to navigate the challenges that surround professional development, employment and compliance. We always discuss the ever-changing digital landscape around us and the path one takes towards attaining professional excellence for themselves and for their team. This is what drove us to build Credivera and continues to fuel our vision for a more trusted and connected digital ecosystem.

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