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Leadership Circle Mini Conference Asia Pacific 2023

The power of the Narrative Identity framework for advancing leadership


How do you show up as a leader? How have your past experiences shaped you? What are the ‘stories’ that underpin your behaviour and leadership style? ‘Narrative Identity’ is a framework to help understand how we form our identity by integrating life experiences into an internalised, evolving story, or narrative, of ‘Self’ that creates our sense of purpose and unity in life and work. The framework helps to reflect, understand and ‘re-write’ how we show up as leaders to instigate the highest leadership potential for individuals and organisations. 

Keynote speaker Steve Athey, Founding Senior Partner at Leadership Circle, will share the latest developments in his world-renowned work on Narrative Identity with top global leaders. We will also announce the winners of the inaugural Leadership Awards Australia & New Zealand, highlighting stories of the impact of exceptional leadership.

Wednesday, 6 September 2023 via Livestream & In-Person in Sydney

Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000

Keynote 2.30pm - 4.15pm AEST
Leaders Networking Drinks and Canapés 4.15 - 5.15pm AEST


Can't make it to Sydney? Watch the Keynote via livestream with our virtual pass.

The keynote recording is included in your virtual and in-person registration and will be shared with everyone who has registered. 


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Open to the Public

Keynote: Unlocking leadership potential with the Narrative Identity Framework

Keynote 2.30 – 4.15pm AEST

4.30 - 6.15pm NZST | 12.30 - 2.15pm HKT/SGT/CST/AWST | 1.30 - 3.15pm JST

Leaders Networking Drinks and Canapés 4.15 - 5.15pm AEST
The keynote recording is included in your virtual and in-person registration and will be shared with everyone who has registered.  

Your imagined future is yours to create.

This keynote and Q&A session will explore the Narrative Identity framework as a pathway to excelling in leadership development and personal growth.

Presented by Steve Athey, Founding Senior Partner at Leadership Circle, whose work is at the forefront of advanced leadership development theory.

This will be the 3rd in the series of popular Narrative Identity keynotes. Watch past keynotes here.

Meet other leaders, share your story and discuss what you’ve learned after the keynote over networking drinks and canapes.

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What is Narrative Identity, and why is understanding it so important for leadership?

Your identity is the foundation of how you show up as a leader. “You can’t separate leadership from ‘self-hood’” as Steve explains it. ‘Narrative Identity’ is how we form our identity by integrating life experiences into an internalised, evolving story of ‘Self’ that creates our sense of purpose and unity in life and work. Understanding and working through the Narrative Identity framework is a powerful exercise to catalyse advanced professional leadership development. Just as the Leadership Circle Profile helps to uncover underlying habits and assumptions for transformational change, the Narrative Identity framework helps to reflect, understand and ‘re-write’ how we show up as leaders.

How does your leadership show up in the world?

How is moving into ‘self-authorship’ helpful - to be aware of, change or evolve your story? What are its limitations? Are you trapped in a certain story about yourself? What are some tools to help open up more narrative freedom? Explore how the three core elements of Narrative Identity - ‘State Story and Stage’ interact together, how you can unpack and rework them to your advantage as a leader or coach, and help others do the same.

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Who should attend?

Senior leaders or coaches who want to enhance the leadership capability and performance of themselves and their teams. This keynote is particularly beneficial for:

  • Senior Leaders with a team
  • Human Resources, Training and Development Leaders
  • Professional Coaches
  • Management Consultants
  • This work is particularly beneficial for leaders working on change management and culture-shift projects.

Are there any prerequisites for attending?

Other than an open mind, there are no essential prerequisites. A Leadership Circle Profile is not a requirement. However, to get the best out of this session, we recommend you are a leader and have already undertaken some form of professional leadership development study, reading, or training; or are working with leaders to enhance their leadership capability.

While an initial understanding of the underlying principles of the Narrative Identity framework and the Leadership Circle Profile will help you to get the best out of this keynote, it is not essential, as the concept will be introduced and explained. Some suggested background reading is below.


Suggested background preparation

Are you a Leadership Circle Practitioner?

If you’re a Leadership Circle Practitioner, please join the Narrative Identity Workshop in the morning and then the keynote, to deepen your knowledge of the framework and how to use it with other leaders and clients. The workshop, led by Steve Athey, Founding Partner of Leadership Circle, is an experiential deep-dive into the latest expansion of the Narrative Identity framework. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice some of their own narrative identity work to gain a deeper understanding of it and its practical applications in client work.


"We need to listen carefully to the internal narrative "stories we tell ourselves" on repeat in our own heads, and we need to analyze whether the dominant story which served us until now (…) is helpful for our future - the leader I am becoming. This is the essence of narrative identity, a concept I have been introduced to by Steve Athey."

 - Eva McLellan, Global Healthcare Executive and Co-Founder, Unlocking Eve

After the Keynote

Join us for Networking Drinks and Canapés 4.15 - 5.15pm







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Steve Athey, Founding Senior Partner, Leadership Circle

Steve is a Senior Partner and one of the founders of Leadership Circle, a global consultancy dedicated to evolving the conscious practice of leadership. In addition to many long-term relationships as a trusted advisor to senior leaders and their teams, he has served as the Dean of Global Faculty for Leadership Circle and currently works at the innovative edges of the practice, extending and integrating the firm’s approach to the depths of leadership work.

Steve combines a profound curiosity about life with an unshakeable belief in the inherent potential of people. With an integrated approach to long term development, he specialises
in helping executives and their teams reach their fuller potentials. A master coach, Steve is committed to helping his clients grow in consciousness and capability, maximising not only their contribution but their personal experience of leadership.

His innovative approach to the deeper aspects of leadership team development has been instrumental in helping executive teams make profound and sustainable shifts in both their consciousness and their performance. He has done pioneering work in high performance team building, culture-shifting simulations, and pragmatic approaches to adult stage development. His latest work focuses on the later stage challenges of self-authorship
and integrates narrative approaches to identity, leadership, and well-being.


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50 AUD
$30 USD (if registering outside Australia)
Access to the recording of the Keynote