We need to learn from our mistakes and use them to adapt and strengthen our plans to achieve our goals – this was the key take-away from the 2016 Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Week in 2016.

The Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team is an exclusive group of inspirational Kiwi leaders who come together each year to motivate thousands of young New Zealanders to follow their dreams.

In July, the Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team – including eight Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand (CCANZ) leaders – visited communities across the country to share their personal journeys with young Kiwis.

Coca-Cola Amatil

The mission is to engage with local communities and encourage young Kiwis to back themselves in achieving their dreams, utilising the theme #BelieveYouCan.

“I was initially really nervous; I’m not a big sports star like Ritchie McCaw or a great singer like Lorde – who was I to go in and speak to these young people about leadership?” said Stefan Covic, process analyst at CCA. “However, working with the Sir Peter Blake Trust, I realised that everyday people are much more relatable and, more importantly, it helps to reinforce the idea that anyone can become a great leader.”

For these leaders, the mission was to engage with local communities to encourage young Kiwis to back themselves to achieve their dreams, with the motto #BelieveYouCan.

Sir Peter Blake

In Sir Peter Blake’s final log, he wrote: “To win, you have to believe you can do it.” So it’s no coincidence that #BelieveYouCan is the theme for the 2016 Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Week.

“If my audience can take away just one message from my talk, it’s that before you can become a good leader, you need to learn all that you can and not be afraid to put in the hard work,” said Fatu Patolo, manufacturing manager at CCA NZ. “Nothing worth achieving comes easy – and that’s the point.”

New Zealander Sir Peter Blake, an appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), was one of the world’s most celebrated yachtsmen. In his 30-year career, he won every significant deep-ocean race on the planet, including the fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the world by sail. He also led NZ to two victories in the highly coveted America’s Cup, in 1995 and 2000.

Sadly, Sir Peter was murdered in 2001 while defending his vessel and crew against pirates on the Amazon River in Brazil.

In his final log, he wrote: “To win, you have to believe you can do it.” So it’s no coincidence that #BelieveYouCan is the theme of the 2016 Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Week.

To find out more about Sir Peter Blake and his legacy, visit http://www.sirpeterblaketrust.org