Male champion of change John Eales

Male champion of change John Eales

It’s genuinely difficult to manufacture diversity unless you have a diverse workforce who can offer a contrary view to the accepted truth.

Why is diversity important in the workplace?

Be yourself first and foremost.

A diversity of opinion is vital in any workplace as it ensures that you view the world from a different lens to your own. It’s genuinely difficult to manufacture diversity unless you have a diverse workforce who can offer a contrary view to the accepted truth. Diversity can come in the form of gender, age, experience, discipline etc. They are all valid forms of diversity. Diversity is also important from the point of view that you are seen to be an organisation that promotes on merit, rather than likeness to self.

What advice would you give to women who work in male-dominated teams?

Be yourself first and foremost. There can often be a temptation to ‘fit in’. If you simply ‘fit in’ any efforts to promote diversity are a waste of time. Lead with confidence through an educated view from your perspective.

What do you believe men need to do to support women in the workplace?

Men need to ensure that an organisation facilitates success and advancement through merit. We need to ensure that we see the world as it is and not through our particular biases.

Which woman inspires you and why?

There are many. My mother is an inspiration. She is intelligent and has been selfless for over 80 years! Outside of the many talented women who work at Flight Centre (Iwould be in too much trouble if I nominated just one), I have always admired Ann Sherry. I have worked with Ann at Westpac and served on both the Rugby Australia board and the Palladium Board with Ann. She is intelligent, has very good judgement, and carries the courage of her conviction in a comfortable and humble manner.

John Eales

FCTG Board Member

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