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Steve Lawrence

Make Your Mark Australia

Five Keys to Great Leadership


Steve Lawrence helps business leaders create and build positive culture within their teams so as to increase productivity and profit without the need to hire and retrain staff. He accomplishes this by helping leaders to develop personal attributes of character, resilience and integrity, and thus build mutual trust and maximal collaboration within organisations. Drawing from his successful experience as a Premiership player with AFL team Hawthorn, various other executive leadership roles and as a father of six children, Steve will help your team to discover and live out their purpose and excel in their task.

Steve is a highly gifted and passionate speaker. Steve experienced significant success over more than twenty-five years as an elite sportsman and leader in executive roles across a variety of sectors, in all of them speaking, coaching and writing.

For twelve years he played at the highest level of professional football for Hawthorn in the AFL (Australian Football League), including the 1991 Premiership where he was Player of the Finals series. Steve was a Director of Australia’s largest ever event, the World Youth Day, which hosted 500,000 people in Sydney 2008, where he had a major role in its success.

Whilst still a football player he founded the Australian operations of a global France-based NGO, the Emmanuel Community, existing in over fifty countries. In 2000, he was invited to head up their international leadership training program in Rome for three years, and has continued in an ongoing manner to create and contribute to derivative training operations in Australia, Asia, North America and Europe.

After returning from Italy Steve and his growing family moved to Sydney where he oversaw the development and expansion of university ministry across five universities whilst based at Sydney University and, as a leader in tertiary and secondary school contexts, has been responsible for unifying, motivating and directing small teams. Steve has taken numerous groups on extraordinary immersion experiences around the globe and throughout the last fifteen years he has run programs for married couples with his wife Annie.

Steve’s experience as an AFL Premiership Footballer with Hawthorn, and his years of executive leadership, combined with his outstanding gifts in communication, place him in a unique position to address business leaders, sportmen and educators on building a culture of success.


Key Facts

Countries Performed In

  • Australia
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Great Britain
  • New Zealand
  • France
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Philippines
  • Indonesia

Clients Past & Present

  • State Emergency Services, Victoria
  • Shednite
  • Moores Legal
  • World Youth Day gatherings (Rome, Toronto, Cologne, Sydney, Madrid, Kraków)
  • University of Sydney
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Emmanuel School of Mission, Rome (Italy)
  • Emmanuel School of Mis

Talk Time Duration

  • 30-90 MINUTES