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The Leadership Sphere

Clarity. Capability. Contribution.

Ash Smith

Senior Consultant, The Leadership Sphere

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategy Development
  • Culture & Leadership Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Customer Experience
  • Innovation & Creativity Generation
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Positive Psychology
  • HR Function Coaching
  • Career History

  • 15 years in business and leadership consulting
  • 15 years also in Global C Suite roles across multiple industries and across multiple functions including:
  • Operations
  • Customer Experience & Call Centres
  • People & Culture
  • HR
  • Marketing
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Background

    Ash has a deep experience in both large corporates as well as more than 15 years of consulting experience, most recently as the Chief Customer and People Officer of a global travel business APT Travel Group (ATG). In his previous corporate life he was in two ASX 100 companies in Ansett Air New Zealand and Carter Holt Harvey where he was Head of HR.

    In between ATG and Carter Holt Harvey, Ash ran his own very successful Consulting business called leadHR, along with a stint at Human Synergistics where he had the privilege to work with clients such as Westfarmers, BHP, NAB, ANZ, Coles, Acrux Pharmaceuticals, Vline, Metro Trains, Levis, Porter Davis Homes, SA Water and hundreds of other SME's. He particularly specialises in Strategy Development and connecting to all levels of the organisation the necessary development initiatives to ensure high performance of these strategies into action, along with the broader Leadership and Culture Development Programs we offer here at TLS.

    With his extensive 30 years of experience along with studies and accreditations across a wide range of areas, he comes well equipped to help our clients go to the next level of their development and performance. Ash has a Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Positive Psychology, Lifetime Accredited Human Synergistics practitioner across their full suite of diagnostics and a range of other key development tools. Like Phil, has a thirst for stretching himself and continually learning which we look forward to bringing to our clients.

    Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Business (HR)
  • Lifetime Accreditation Human Synergistic
  • MBTI
  • DISC
  • What We Care About

    The issues we face today in organisations and globally will require unprecedented leadership and unprecedented levels of co-operation concurrently, to mobilise communities and organisations.

    A New Paradigm for the Future

    To make progress on our most significant issues, we need a new paradigm—one that inspires us to:

  • Act constructively in a values-driven way
  • Empower each other to take responsibility and accountability at all levels of the organisation
  • Shift our focus from problem-centric to solution-centric (positive change)
  • Make progress on the toughest issues and challenges
  • Create an environment of breakthrough performance, and high levels of commitment and learning
  • Liberate ourselves from old ways of thinking about how to manage and lead people
  • Develop systems intelligence.
  • As the industrial age wanes, new possibilities emerge to create a different paradigm of leadership. I propose a new paradigm that draws from many sources and builds on them in an integrative way.

    The mechanistic, industrial paradigm has been in existence since the latter part of the 18th century and continues to shape society and modern organisations. It is a long, slow journey, yet incredibly worthwhile.

    Our Definition of Leadership

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    Contact Details

    Phone: 1300 100 857


    Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth


    GPO Building, Level 2, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne Vic 3000