Sarah’s work focuses on enabling leaders to collectively create successful businesses and organisations in which people thrive whilst achieving the organisation’s purpose. She has a special interest in developing a greater capacity in leaders to respond effectively to uncertainty and complexity by exploring adaptive solutions.
Sarah Cornally has over 30 years consulting experience, working at executive and board levels in the areas of leadership strategy and development; organisational change and issue resolution; effective system and group dynamics; and executive coaching and mentoring.
Graduating from the University of Sydney’s Cumberland College of Health Sciences as an Occupational Therapist, Sarah developed a refined expertise in treating severely injured workers and returning them to gainful employment. She honed her strategic leadership and influence skills through the employment relations associated with this work. She worked extensively with people from different cultures and countries, bridging various cross-cultural issues.
Sarah was sought out by C-suite executives to provide consulting services in leadership, cultural change and issue resolution because of her reputation in resolving complex and challenging issues.
She has advised leaders in both global and top 100 Australian companies and many government organisations, including AMP, APRA, CBA, the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, CBA, Coca Cola Amatil, KPMG, IAG, Macquarie Bank, Microsoft, NAB, Natixis, PWC, QBE, Schering- Plough, Suncorp, VF Corporation and Woolworths.
Sarah leads certifications in the Asia Pacific region for the transformational leadership technology, the Leadership Circle Profile™. For over 10 years she was an accredited facilitator on the AICD faculty including the Board Ready program and the advanced diploma, ‘Mastering the Boardroom’. She has completed Master level training internationally in organisational systems dynamics and now trains consultants in this field.
Sarah’s academic qualifications include studies in behavioural, biological and engineering sciences as well as in organisational behaviour and industrial relations. She earned a Masters degree in Safety Science from the University of New South Wales & is a graduate of Harvard University’s The Art & Practice of Leadership Development. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Sarah's work was included in the CCH Master OHS&E Guide, ‘How people, productivity and profit are considered in framing and delivering effective OHS&E’, with a chapter titled "Leadership: The Importance of Creating a Positive Mindset”. Sarah’s starting point is that organisational leadership and culture are critical for creating successful and sustainable work safety practices. She has a rich suite of real-life case studies she can share to illustrate her unique insights and the core principles that underpin how an organisation - from its most senior leaders to the front line - create the environment for everyone to thrive.
Sarah Cornally is a compelling speaker who is able to directly link the importance of leadership and organisational dynamics to work safety, and return to work success.