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The Leadership Sphere

Clarity. Capability. Contribution.

Matthew Shanahan

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach, The Leadership Sphere

Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural Research and alignment with strategy
  • Leadership and Team Development
  • Repairing team dysfunction
  • Facilitation of strategic workshops
  • Personal and professional development programs
  • Executive Feedback
  • Career History

  • Director: Shanahan & Associates
  • Director: FiftyOne North
  • Principle Consultant – Chandler Macleod Group
  • Principal Consultant – Mettle Group
  • CEO – Wynn Holscher Academy (VET sector)
  • National Business Manager – Eventures Learning (Flight Centre Ltd)
  • Facilitator and Wilderness Guide, Operational Manager, Client Manager – Outward Bound Australia
  • Background

    Matthew is a highly experienced consultant specialising in cultural research, the facilitation of senior leadership and team development workshops, cultural development programs, strategy workshops and behavioural change initiatives. Matthew has over 21 years experience working in the area of personal change and team development and the design and facilitation of experiential based training programs. 

    Central to Matt’s approach is the notion of purpose – and the alignment of purpose at the individual, collective and organisational (or systemic) level. Matthew works skilfully at these three levels helping clients first understand their environment then supporting leadership teams and individuals to understand how they shape the environment to achieve success.

    Matt has worked facilitating and coaching at the executive and senior leadership level across the private sector and also the Victorian public sector. Key clients have been ANZ Bank, Telstra, Australia Post, ALS Global, Hydro Tasmania, Worksafe Victoria and both the MFB & CFA.

    His facilitation experience encompasses the setting of high level strategic direction (with senior executive levels) through to the roll out and delivery of company wide leadership or behavioural change programs. Matthew also has extensive experience in the design, management and facilitation of large-scale conference team events for groups as large as 600 participants.

    Beyond his work in more traditional corporate sector program facilitation, Matthew also brings with him over 8 years experience in leading wilderness-based experiential learning and personal development programs. It is through the demanding medium of wilderness learning that Matthew has developed exceptional skills in leadership, coaching and mentoring individuals through processes of often intense challenge and personal change. He has lead groups through some of Australia’s most remote and demanding wilderness areas. He brings to his programs a wealth of experience in practical and successful leadership practices.

    He has designed and facilitated organisational wide leadership programs for companies in Australia (Telstra, Aurora Energy and Ernst & Young) and also global companies (ALS Global). He has been invited to run leadership workshops in the USA, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Canada and Europe.

    Prior to establishing Shanahan & Associates Matthew had shaped a small boutique consultancy (FiftyOne North) and worked within a large HR consultancy. He has also had experience in a smaller boutique organisation. -  Mettle Group. Prior to that Matthew was Executive Officer of a private training college in Brisbane and the National Business Leader of a corporate training and team development division of Flight Centre Ltd. 

    He has recently returned from an 18month world-crossing odyssey – travelling overland from Melbourne to England with his wife and three young daughters. After crossing the world and then driving around Europe and Morocco, he returned home to resume his consulting career – having learnt more about personal growth and development in 18 months than he previously thought possible….

    Matthew has a Honours Degree in Psychology from The University of New South Wales and holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training as well as Outdoor Recreation.

    Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology – Hons) UNSW
  • Certificate IV Workplace Assessment & Training
  • Accreditation: Majors PTI (Myers Briggs)
  • Accreditation: LSI (Human Synergistics)
  • Certificate IV in Outdoor Education
  • 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