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The Leadership Sphere

Clarity. Capability. Contribution.

Chris Nunn

Consultant, The Leadership Sphere

Areas of Expertise

  • Chris is currently a mentor for coaches in several countries throughout Oceania and Asia
  • Chris has attended 8 Paralympic Games between 1988 and 2016
  • Chris was the Chef de Mission (Head of Delegation) at the Sochi Games in 2014
  • He was also the Deputy Chef de Mission at the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016
  • His understanding of people has been gained through many years of dealing with athletes preparing to perform under pressure
  • His management style has seen unprecedented success in a team situation.
  • He transferred his knowledge of sporting excellence into the business world and established a highly successful swimming business
  • Chris has built an extensive property portfolio as a side business
  • Chris can speak on topics such as motivation, team building, business management and mental toughness.

  • Career History

  • Performance Manager Australian Invictus Games Team
  • Australian Institute of Sport – Mentor for Developing National Officials
  • DFAT – Australian Awards Fellowships - Sports Enhancement Program
  • Australian Paralympic Committee - High Performance Manager
  • Australian Institute of Sport - Head Coach of multiple programs

  • Background

    Trained as a physical educator with the highest coaching qualifications, Chris quickly moved into the world of coaching and was the first fulltime coach in the world employed to coach athletes with disabilities. Working at the Australian Institute of Sport between 1991 and 2000 specialising in this area, Chris transferred to be the Head Coach of the Athletics program in 2001 before undertaking a business challenge and establishing Canberra’s biggest swim school in 2006.

    Prior to the 2008 Paralympics Chris was appointed as the Manager for Coach Services at the Games and as soon after appointed as the Senior Manager for High Performance for the Australian Paralympic Committee. Chris’ ability to build a Team was reflective of the “unity” experienced by members of the 13 sports representing Australia as part of the 2012 Paralympic Team which is regarded as the best “Team feel” ever experienced at a Games.

    This has been achieved by Chris’ understanding of people and his ability to determine the appropriate methods for self-improvement, complimented with an understanding as to how each individual contributes to the Team environment.

    Chris has also been involved with the Australian Sports Commission’s mentoring program for the National Scholarship Officials, playing a key role in their development as high performance individuals.

    Chris’ dedication to whatever he does is highly regarded and he has received the Order of Australia Medal (2002), the Dawn Fraser Coach Award (2000), Paralympic Coach of the Year award (1998) and the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of the work he has done during his time as a coach. He was inducted into the ACT Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

    Internationally recognised for his leadership qualities and strategic thinking Chris has been a Key Note Presenter at conferences in Singapore, England, Sweden, Ireland, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and throughout Australia.

    Chris’ has a passion for people working towards reaching their potential. As a motivated individual himself he has the ability to find the opportunities which arise through adversity, provide an oversight to what a balanced life should look like and help establish goals aimed at a successful outcome. He has assisted athletes and coaches throughout the Pacific Islands represent at regional and Paralympic Games.

    Chris is now an international consultant working with Olympic and Paralympic Committees with an emphasis on coach development, leadership and mentoring. He considers the critical factor in leadership is for the individual to understand themselves before attempting to lead others. Organisations which invest in their people will achieve a higher level of performance. “Build a better person, get a better result”

    Qualifications and Memberships

  • Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument – Practitioner
  • Diploma of Leadership Coaching and Mentoring – FIREUP
  • Cert IV – Business Management – Blended Learning
  • Cert IV – Training and Assessment – Blended Learning
  • Graduate Diploma of Coaching
  • 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