Jan. 24, 2022

#14 On Our Connection To Nature and Leadership with Ingrid Messner

Ingrid Messner is a leadership expert with over twenty-five years’ experience. She was born in Germany and moved with her family to Sydney, in 2004. Passionate about the environment, she overcame extraordinary adversity in re-learning how to walk twice.

Her latest book, Naturally Successful, is your guide to creating positive change for people and the planet...and be well at the same time.

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🤝 Connect with Ingrid

Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ingridmessner/

Website - https://www.ingridmessner.com/

Naturally Successful - https://www.amazon.com.au/Naturally-Successful-Leaders-Influence-Positive/dp/198973720X/ref=sxts_rp_s1_0

👇 Episode Takeaways

Nature is Important

Ingrid gave a great example of a study that she read. "The people in the prison where one part of the prison was looking out to a landscape, and one part was looking at concrete. The people looking out to the greenery were sick 25%, less often than those looking out to concrete."

It's important that we make time to get out and see some green during our days.

Context is Key

When working, it's important to know 'why' you are doing what you are doing. It's the same with leadership. Knowing what role your team plays and why your team is operating a certain way in the organisation is crucial to leading your team successfully.  


I really liked what Ingrid said near the end of the interview about making check-ins with yourself. Make sure that you are on the path that you want to be on, and heading in the direction you would like. Too often we go along where we get taken and don't make strong career choices.

Check-in with yourself.

📝 Show Notes

00:00 Intro

01:29 Ingrid On Re-learning to Walk Twice

11:30 Using Bad Experiences as Fuel For Compassion

22:10 What is Bad Leadership Advice

26:33 Connection To Nature

38:29 People that Inspire Ingrid

42:57 Ingrid's Advice for New Graduates

49:09 Outro