Steve Athey

Senior Partner, The Leadership Circle & Full Circle Group

Steve Athey is a Founding and Global Partner at The Leadership Circle and The Full Circle Group. For almost 30 years, Steve has brought a deep integrated approach to long-term development. Serving as a trusted advisor to senior executives and their teams as well as a mentor to leadership development practitioners worldwide, Steve works at the evolving edges of consciousness and capability – helping to maximise his client’s contributions and their personal experience of leadership. His clients include McDonald’s Corporation, Carlson Companies, Kaiser Permanente, Ameritech, GOJO Industries, American Express, DTE Energy, VF Corporation, Level (3), University of Denver, Trustmark, Hollister, CBC and the U.S. Navy.

KEYNOTE, Wednesday 4 September

Foundations of Tyranny: The dominant narrative identity—A developmental approach to the midlife challenges of selfhood and leadership

One of the most challenging complexities leaders face is the complexity of the self. Following Steve’s highly regarded keynote at our 2018 conference, he returns to Australia to a further exploration of Narrative Identity and the Constricted Imagination.

This year Steve tackles another aspect of self-making through narrative, how our dominant identity story can become tyrannical in midlife—crushing diversity, limiting experimentation, and propagating an increasingly sterile monoculture of selfhood. These plateaus are primary obstacles to adaptive leadership.