Twenty five years ago, I worked as a business development manager for the ANZ Bank. In this role, I was fortunate to experience the best leadership ever. Rob Taggart lead by example. He was masterful in communication, strategic, funny, smart and fair. He managed up and down with ease. He was transparent. We all knew where we stood with him. He managed a team of business development managers, A type personalities. It could not have been easy. We sure made life tough for him. And there was nothing we would not have done for that man. We enjoyed success as a business and we had our fun and crappy moments along the way. This is life. What I learned from Rob Taggart 25 years ago is that we work as one team and respect and embrace our difference. Diversity rocks. He knew how to make team work with diverse cultures and personalities. I learned compassion. When someone in the team is being an ass, good chance it's coming from a space of fear. They need compassion and understanding, not an ear bashing. Rob taught me to find solutions and find a way to make things work. There will always be obstacles. He came to visit me in the Mercy maternity hospital just weeks after my daughter was born and I had been diagnosed with post natal depression. He asked me two questions: 'How are you?' and 'What do you need from me to be well?' He kept in contact and I was back at work within 8 months. It made a massive difference to my recovery. No judgement, just an open mind, a compassionate heart and a will to move forward. Our business succeeded. We did well. Rob was powerful. He didn't skite about how good he was. He didn't have to. His actions spoke louder than his words. Who he was being as a leader was incredibly powerful. Good leaders don't need to run their own monologue and bag on about how good they are. Good leaders don't talk behind people's backs. They have powerfully assertive conversations. They are not fearful. When he stuffed up, he openly cleaned it up. Rob's leadership style was transparent. I'd put money on the fact that his two daughters would rate him with top marks as a father. Thanks Rob. You made a difference here.