Leading through Uncertainty and Change

Thursday, 16 September 2021

We are leading (and living) in uncertain times. This event will kick off the Learning from Bold Minds in Leadership series by exploring what it means to lead in the challenging context we find ourselves in right now. How do you develop and maintain resilience and engagement, both personally and professionally? How do we best support ourselves and our colleagues, and what are some strategies to maintain momentum, energy and focus in a complex landscape?

Leading through Uncertainty and Change

The past eighteen months has delivered us an unprecedented and unique shared human experience in our lifetimes. Putting aside the physiological challenge of dealing with a once in a century pandemic, it has had a mental impact, affecting each of us and our teams in many ways.

Anxiety results from living in a world where the outcomes are uncertain. Given this known certainty, there are simple yet proven ways to reduce stress and anxiety in ourselves and others and start focusing on what we can control. 

This event will be led by Constantine Pappas, an expert in leadership and organisational development, who has worked across industries in regions and seeks to bring out the best of his clients and unleash their unique individual selves to achieve common goals. 

During this event, he will outline researched and proven techniques that will help you in keeping your anxiety and stress in check, while taking action on what you can influence.

Join us to explore:

  • The criticality of mindset: you'll be introduced mindfulness tools and start practicing mindfulnessduring the session, including reflecting on anxiety and its purpose
  • Breaking down the often-blurred nature of our anxieties into a more tangible method to work with them
  • Building an awareness of how our mind works and the impact of mental interference
  • Become familiar with and practice a coaching methodology that will support you, your teammates, and others in improving resilience.

With Constantine Pappas | People Priority

Constantine Pappas loves engaging with people and has an innate skill in understanding what makes them tick, and how to engage them towards a common agenda. He values humour, making things ‘light’, and getting people to take uncomfortable action while celebrating in their continual personal growth. Constantine has received an Award of Distinction from the Order of Australia for contributing to a vision for Australia as well as his community engagement. 

Constantine is a leadership and management development consultant as well as an executive coach, with over twenty-five years of experience across a diverse range of industries and geographies. He specialises in talent management, organisational development, strategic planning and change implementation. Constantine has successfully led transformation projects in the areas of aerospace, FMCG, professional services, insurance, oil and gas, financial services, education, software and IT, the public services, and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as partnering with one of the world’s leading managing consulting firms.

Prior to consulting, Constantine held senior leadership positions in corporate organisations. He was President of Global Leadership and Talent at FIS Systems, where he introduced and embedded talent initiatives. This included partnering with Cornell University in developing and launching employee high potential programs. Before joining FIS Systems, Constantine headed up talent and people strategy in Asia for Thomson Reuters, based out of HK. He started his career with Procter & Gamble, progressing into senior sales and supply chain leadership roles prior to leading organisational development, during his ten years at P&G.

Constantine is passionate about making a difference to the lives of underprivileged children through targeted intervention, leveraging the resources and support of his clients. He partners with the New South Wales Police in providing grants, and employment and mentoring programs for underprivileged youth in Sydney. He holds a Masters Degree in Management from Monash University.

Part of the Learning from Bold Minds in Leadership series

Learning from Bold Minds in Leadership is a leadership development opportunity for staff at all levels. 

In times of change, uncertainty and complexity, strong leadership is critical - at all levels of the organisation. The Learning from Bold Minds in Leadership series has been designed to inspire and challenge you to be a bold and courageous leader, regardless of whether you hold a designated leadership role.

Find out more about the series.


A recording and workbook (including slides) are available to registered participants and was distributed via email after the event.

If you are a staff member at a CAUL Member institution or you paid to attend this event, please contact CAUL National Office (caul@caul.edu.au) for the link to the recording and the workbook.

Resources posted in the chat during the event:

Author Kate Davis
Last modified 6 October 2021