Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #210 Peter Baines OAM Leadership Matters

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #210 Peter Baines OAM Leadership Matters

Leadership Matters

On this episode of the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Peter Baines OAM about how leadership matters, critical decision making in high stakes environments like the Thailand Tsunami and the psychology of managing extremely difficult situations as a leader.

We also dive deeper into how we could cope from the mental effects of difficult and traumatic situations, leadership in the current world and why decision making skills are important during these times. 

Peter Baines OAM  –  Leadership Matters

Peter Baines OAM is the founder of Hands Across the Water, a global keynote speaker, board director and author of the book Leadership Matters. With a background that weaves through the corridors of Canberra Institute of Technology, where he studied forensic science, to the prestigious halls of the University of Sydney, where he delved into law, his insights into leadership are a fascinating fusion of disciplines.

From unraveling criminal mysteries to advising the likes of Interpol and the United Nations, his two-decade career as a forensic investigator has taken him to the epicenters of crisis in Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia. But it was the call of compassion that shifted his trajectory. In the aftermath of Thailand’s hardships, he founded Hands Across the Water, a beacon of hope for children without homes or families.

Karen talks about:

  • How leadership matters in handling difficult situations
  • Characteristic leaders must have in the current world
  • His experiences growing up as a public servant
  • How he was able to prevent the adverse effects of working in the crime industry from affecting his own mental health and well-being
  • His experience working in the disaster unit during the Thailand tsunami. 
  • The differences between handling disasters in Japan vs Thailand
  • The challenges of informing family members regarding sad and difficult circumstances
  • How to handle pressure in difficult situations
  • Developing critical decision-making skills
  • Transitioning from handling big situations to smaller ones
  • The fulfillment of speaking on stage 
  • Things that leaders should talk about when writing their books


“I couldn’t change what had happened, but I could feel like it was within my capacity to do something around what happened next.” Peter Baines OAM talks about helping kids recover from the tsunami in Thailand on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

“True leaders are identified by what they do and the decisions that they make.” Peter Baines OAM talks about the characteristics of a leader on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

“That’s the beauty of it and how interesting it is to know more about yourself, what you’re capable of, what you’re what you’re thinking, where you’re thinking comes from, how you shape ideas and thoughts, or how you’re limited in your understanding and knowledge on particular issues.” Learning about oneself by Peter Baines OAM on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

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