Geoffrey Abbott — Director Executive & Organisation Coaching at Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Graduate School of Business — On Adding Power to Leadership & the Importance of Being Playful.
The Arete podcast regularly features CEOs and senior leaders who discuss how much of an influence formal coaching and mentorship have played in them achieving career success. It was a wonderful opportunity then, to have Geoffrey Abbott on the podcast to share his knowledge of leadership and coaching from an academic perspective. Geoff is the Director of Executive and Organisational Coaching at Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Graduate School of Business, where he manages coaching services to support learning and leadership development across masters and corporate programs; and develops and delivers coach training programs specifically tailored for leadership development. It’s a role he has held for a number of years and he has some excellent insights into coaching and leadership. His own career path is one which has led him to be regarded as one of the foremost experts on executive coaching in Australia.
Geoff was raised in Tasmania, the fourth of five children. He began his career as a teacher after graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Geoff’s academic qualifications also include a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and a Phd in Business. Since 2005, he has been Director of the Centre for International Business Coaching and joined QUT in 2009.