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Council Profile: Jill Calder

12 May 2011 By Leadership

Jill Calder
Jill Calder

Jill Calder, director of Tango Public Relations, has more than 20 years experience in the marketing field.  She focuses on public affairs with a particular emphasis on issues management and community relations.

How did you come to be on LV’s Council?
I did the Williamson Community Leadership Program in 1997 and was involved in a number of LV activities after that.  At a time when some Council Members with public relations/communications backgrounds were retiring, I was invited to join.

What do you value most about your role on Council?
It is a great way of staying connected with LV while (hopefully) contributing to the future of the organisation.

What makes a good leader?
There are so many elements to good leadership and then there is the “right person, right time” element. 
I would like to think that every person in a leadership role has compassion, intelligence and courage.

Can you describe two key moments in your life that have shaped you as a leader?
The key moments that have shaped me as a leader have taught me that the Boy Scouts had a lot going for them with the ‘Be Prepared’ motto. Good leaders anticipate and act.

Leadership is usually attributed to heads of business and government leaders, can you tell us about an ‘every day’ leader whom you admire?
I admire people who see something that could help others or that they really want to achieve and they just get on and do it.  People like this sometimes come to the surface in a community crisis or sometime they just work quietly away at achieving whatever it is they want to do. 

A couple of not-so-everyday leaders I think of are Ellen Koshland and Angela Scaffidi.  You may or may not know their names but they are definitely leaders who are making a difference.

Tell us about the leadership roles you occupy outside of LV?
I am currently on the Board of the TAFE Development Centre.
I am trying to be the pack leader of two naughty dogs.

How has your leadership style evolved? What lessons have you learnt?
I’m still learning to be courageous!  After that I plan to learn to be resilient.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer any leader?
Do it for the right reasons.