Fabian Dattner


Having run the family business and her own consulting firm for over fifteen years, Fabian Dattner joined forces with Jim Grant at the end of 1997 to form DGL International (now Dattner Grant). At the time, Fabian was already one of Australian's best-known female entrepreneurs, speakers and leadership commentators. The incredibly fertile, intellectually rich and highly complementary partnership with Jim Grant enabled the newly formed company to have far broader reach. 

Fabian has personally interviewed many hundreds of working Australians in numerous organisations across many industries. Her insights into leadership and her fearlessness in challenging leaders to consider more inclusive, and indeed more profitable, forms of leadership are well acknowledged. She is widely recognised as a highly effective creative strategist, facilitator, teacher and social entrepreneur.

Fabian has a considerable number of both commercial and community achievements to her credit. She has been cited by Australia's premier business magazine The Bulletin as one of Australia's top 100 contributors, she has twice been a runner-up in the state Telstra Businesswomen's Awards, she is an Australia Day Ambassador, she regularly contributes to various media around Australia on leadership issues, and is a monthly guest on the ABC's Nightlife program with Tony Delroy.

She has also penned three books on leadership and has been included in many others. 

Down-to-earth, informed, entertaining and provocative, Fabian is also an outstanding and much sought-after public speaker. She has worked with and spoken for over 500 organisations throughout Australia and South-East Asia, including 20th Century Fox, Foxtel, Western Australian Local Government Association, ANZ, Victorian Department of Education and Training, B&E, Kangan Batman TAFE and various national associations - government, corporate, entrepreneurial and not-for-profit.

Qualifications, Accreditations and Memberships 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Sociology
  • Certificate IV - Assessment & Workplace Training
  • Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistics Programming
  • 4MAT System Mastering Training & Design (Level 3)
  • Care-ring crisis counselling
  • Accredited in the administration of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Accredited in the administration of the 4Mat Learning System: Learning Type Measure, Leadership Behaviour Inventory, Hemispheric Mode Indicator
  • Accredited in the administration of Spiral Dynamics
  • Accredited in Human Synergistics Tools - Life Styles Inventory (LSI 1 & 2) & Group Styles Inventory (GSI)
  • Accredited in the administration of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI)
  • Member, Associate of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Accredited in the MTQ48 Mental Toughness Questionnaire


  • Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained, Penguin, 1992
  • Naked Truth - An Open Letter to the Australian Working Community, Woodslane Press, 1996; a national best-seller
  • Three Spirits of Leadership, Business & Professional Publishing, 1999; co-written with DGL International partners Jim Grant and Ken Luscombe
  • One World Atlast, A Manifesto for the Modern Revolution, by Fabian Dattner, 2012

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Listed in Publications 

  • Tall Poppies Too, Susan Mitchell, Penguin, 1992
  • Splitting the World Apart, Susan Mitchell, Penguin, 2002
  • Seven Heavenly Virtues of Leadership, McGraw-Hill, 2003; one of seven contributors to this Australian Institute of Management project

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Testimonial Start Dattner Grant is far and away the most constructive management/leadership consulting firm I have worked with.Testimonial End Sustainable Regional Australia
Testimonial Start Really appreciate the contribution of the Dattner Grant team in both preparing for, and delivering the program – it addressed the exact needs of the group in a timely and effective way. Thank you.Testimonial End Benevolent Society
Testimonial Start Jim, Fabian and the rest of their team create a unique approach to leadership development. Their content and facilitation is second to none and we are proud of our association with them.Testimonial End General Mills Australia & New Zealand
Testimonial Start ...the group was highly engaged via your excellent facilitation, your knowledge of the subject matter and MWH and, YOUR passion for OUR purpose.Testimonial End MWH
Testimonial Start Dattner Grant has played a critical role in understanding, coaching and inspiring our leaders. The commitment of Fabian and Marshall – to both me personally and to the vision of the organisation – has been exceptional. I encourage any organisation which is seeking to harness the best of its talent, and have the greatest impact, to seriously consider partnering with Dattner Grant as you continue on your leadership journey.Testimonial End The Foundation for Young Australians
Testimonial Start Dattner Grant facilitators have the ability to understand our business and the development needs of our people that has been unmatched by other service providers. They have gone beyond expectations on many occasions in a way that demonstrates real commitment to the purpose and vision of Aurora.Testimonial End Aurora Energy