Being a passionate leader is an outdated goal. In fact, trying to run your team on passion alone is akin to running a team on adrenaline. It’s just not sustainable. And it can get in the way of strong leadership.

This is what we talked about with Sacred Heart Mission CEO, Hang Vo on our Leading Generous Teams podcast this week.

Within a second of meeting Hang, you know she’s a passionate force but Hang shares how she’s learnt to pace her passion as a CEO, because not everyone is encouraged and motivated by it alone.

As a self-diagnosed passionate leader, Hang shares how she keeps her passion in check as a CEO, because not everyone is encouraged and enthused by passion.

Hang has decades of experience in the for-purpose sector leading national and international services. Prior to joining Sacred Heart Mission, Hang was CEO of Whitelion Youth where she led the national organisation through transformational change and the COVID pandemic. Before this, she held various leadership roles at Australian Red Cross and EACH Social and Community Health.

In March 2023, Hang was elected as the President of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)  where she previously served as Member of the Board and Vice-President. Hang is currently also Board Director with Respect Victoria, a statutory agency focused on family violence primary prevention. From 2021 to 2023, Hang also worked as the Chair of the Victorian Pride Centre.

Having come to Australia as a part of the Vietnamese refugee ‘boat people’ seeking asylum in the late 1970s, Hang has first-hand experience of dislocation and exclusion which drives her deep commitment to creating a more just, inclusive, and equitable society.

In this episode:

  • How Hang fuels and engages her team

  • How to redirect your leadership from passionate and adrenaline fuelled  to connected and curious

  • Insights into techniques for resetting + recharging leadership

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