The Lead Candidate Podcast – Interview with Sebastian King

Today we have A/Prof Sebastian (Bazz) King on the show! Bazz is an academic paediatric surgeon at the Royal Children’s Hospital, in Melbourne Australia. He’s also the director of the Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital and co-leader of the Surgical Research group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Bazz shares his thoughts on being a leader for different groups of people and how he has grown into his leadership roles

Here’s what we talk about. 

  1. Leading people in an area you are passionate about
  2. Different leadership roles in different circumstances
  3. The importance of mentors
  4. Being conscious of gender bias
  5. The importance of learning from junior staff and providing them opportunities

We also get into The Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Service which he started at the RCH. 

You can listen to the podcast on our website.

The purpose of “The Lead Candidate” Podcast

In science, we are taught how to become competent researchers. If you are talented and lucky enough to build a strong research profile, you become a leader in your field. This does not, however, automatically make you a leader of people and yet so many roles that use science require real leadership. This podcast aims to understand what qualities and experiences make a great leader in different fields of science. What are the differences between those that fall into the role, versus those who were made for it?

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