The Student Leadership Programme

March 2014 Dinner

A lesson in leadership from an international rugby Hall of Famer

David Kirk was the captain of the 1987 All Blacks side that won the first Rugby World Cup in France at the age of 26.

David has outstanding attributes and after winning the World Cup retired from International Rugby to take up a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University in England.

David has continued to be involved in Rugby, coaching the Wellington NPC team in 1993 and 1994 and also as a media commentator.

David?s professional career is expansive having worked for New Zealand Prime Minister Jim Bolger and also as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

From October 2005 to December 2008 he was Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Media who publish various newspapers including the Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald.

On 24 October 2011 Kirk was inducted into the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame for his service to the game and victory as captain in 1987.

Dominic Perrottet believes that the students were given plenty of advice that they could take lessons from, ?David Kirk is a man that has a lot of experience in many different areas. This is a man who has captained his National Rugby side to a World Cup victory, achieve a Rhodes scholarship and later work as the CEO of one of the biggest media firms in Australia.?

?The main points of the discussion were to stick to what you are passionate about, and do it well. Too many people let opportunities slip because they don?t embrace their talents. Know your strengths, know your weaknesses, and enjoy what you are doing.?

The night began with a brief introduction by David Kirk on what he believed made someone a good leader and the floor was then opened for questions or comments over dinner.

?David gave honest and insightful comments from both his professional and personal life experiences.?

The Hills Lodge has been generous enough to host two dinners, the second being later in the year.