Last night, Public Sector Commissioner Sharyn O’Neill was made an Honorary Fellow of Leadership WA at its annual awards night.
The fellowship recognises Sharyn’s enduring support for Leadership WA, her commitment to the development of leaders across the public sector and her efforts in steering WA through the COVID-19 pandemic recovery.
Sharyn joins The Hon Kerry Sanderson AC (former Governor of Western Australia), and Richard Goyder AO (chairman of Woodside, AFL, Qantas and Telethon).
In accepting her award, Sharyn gave an insight into her own leadership journey throughout different stages of life and the impact of these experiences on her mindset.
She emphasised her passion for public good and spirit of public service which was founded in her early career as a teacher in regional and remote WA schools.
“My early experience shifted my mindset to be part of the solution to serve children and the public better,” Sharyn said.
“When faced with adversity, it is how you respond that sets you apart.”
Sharyn concluded with the message to not lead alone – “It is just so important to bring people along with you. Leadership in isolation is not only lonely, it’s dangerous.”
More information about Leadership WA and the awards program is on the Leadership WA website.