P&M 41: Global Leadership: a conversation with the President of Toastmasters International Mike Storkey

Leading a global organisation is amazing and a challenge. To experience how different people and cultures within the same organisation deliver a program under the same global umbrella is an experience of a life time. I spent some time with Mike Storkey to get his insights from taking on the global role of President of Toastmasters International.

I asked him about his lessons in leadership and self-leadership in the Presidency, including the challenges and delights along the way.

We discussed the value of listening, trust and delegation and how to stay productive within a global role.

Mike also shared his advice for anyone wanting to step up into a bigger role but might be feeling a bit hesitant.

Full transcript of the podcast is here: http://bit.ly/PMep41

Mike’s Background:

Mike Storkey Presidential PortraitMike Storkey, of Queensland, Australia, is the new International President of Toastmasters International, the world’s leading organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development. Mike assumed the one-year term at the organization’s 85th annual International Convention, held Aug. 17-20 in Washington, D.C.

Mike Storkey is a business trainer and coach at Storkeys’ Team, a business he co-founded in 2005. He assists small businesses in the development of strategic business plans and trains members of local government bodies throughout the Queensland area. He also hosts seminars in change management, time management, team building and leadership, particularly for small businesses, regional councils and other organizations. He has been engaged as a keynote speaker for various organizations and national conferences. Storkey also works in real estate, being a licensed real estate agent. He holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Additionally, Mike is the former founding president of the Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce. He garnered recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow for his service to the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach.

“Toastmasters has helped me understand the value of helping others, team work and creating a vision in order to reach a common goal,” says Storkey. “I am honored to use these skills to help the organization grow and enhance its bright future.”

A dedicated Toastmaster for more than 26 years, Mike Storkey has remained an active member of several clubs since 1990. He served as the inaugural mentor officer for his district, and continues to be committed to mentoring.

He says, “The skills I developed in Toastmasters—from helping others, working as a team and developing a vision in order to reach a common goal—have made me better-equipped to tackle leadership opportunities both in my private and professional life.”

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