Jim Grant


Jim Grant is a founding partner of Dattner Grant with extensive experience at the most senior levels of international business and as a member of the Executive Teams of several major corporations before co-founding Dattner Grant.

A former secondary teacher, Jim's outspoken commitment to the voice of teachers and the importance of education soon saw him establish a career in the union movement. He was pivotal in the founding of the Teachers Federation of Victoria in 1984 and became the federation's inaugural head. He represented Australian teachers at four World Congresses.

Following this he held a range of senior international leadership positions with several major international corporations (ICI, Huntsman Chemical and Pasminco), for a decade working worldwide on several complex human resource and broader business issues, having a range of global strategic responsibilities and gaining wide reputation in his field.

Jim is known for his strategic thinking capacity, extensive knowledge of international human resource practices, deep understanding of leadership and how organisations really tick. He has an uncanny pragmatic ability to manage complex organisational change processes and he merges a creative flair with a deep intellectual understanding of the work he does.

His areas of specialty include working with senior executive teams on a wide range of matters, mentoring and coaching executives, and designing and facilitating leadership development.

Qualifications, Accreditations and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Diploma of Education 
  • Numerous post-graduate studies in Public Policy, Education and Public Relations 
  • Accredited by Hay Group to provide Emotional Competency Inventory 
  • Accredited to provide Career Development Interviews (Working Life Appraisals) 
  • Accredited in the Mayer Salovey Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) 
  • Accredited in Total Quality Management 
  • Accredited in the Inventory of Leadership Styles (ILS)
  • Accredited in the MTQ48 Mental Toughness Questionnaire


  • Three Spirits of Leadership, Business & Professional Publishing, 1999; co-written with Fabian Dattner & Ken Luscombe 
  • Leader as Coach Workbook, Dattner Grant, 2009 
  • Numerous articles in public education

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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