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Australian leaders undermined by culture of complaint

Australian political and business leaders undermined by culture of complaint

Political and business as well as community leaders are being severely undermined by a culture of dissatisfaction and complaint, according to a new book by Australian leadership and education experts.

In The Australian Leadership Paradox, Geoff Aigner and Liz Skelton argue that the problem stems from a misunderstanding about what leadership really is, or should be. “We blame those in power for not showing leadership yet habitually expect their protection and support,” the authors say. “We’re seduced by new leaders but quickly cut them down when they don’t have a quick fix.”

By working with hundreds of leaders of government, business and community organisations, Aigner and Skelton were able to identify the barriers to effective leadership. Their book also provides insights into how Australia can develop leadership which is truly inspiring, sustainable and effective, “if we can be honest, gutsy and imaginative enough to do the work”.

On 13th August Sydney Ideas will host a presentation by Geoff Aigner and Liz Skelton. The presentation will be followed by a conversation and Q&A led by the University of Sydney Business School’s Professor Richard Hall.

This Sydney Ideas event is co-presented with The Benevolent Society, Social Leadership Australia and the University of Sydney Business School.

Geoff Aigner is the Director of Social Leadership Australia at The Benevolent Society.

Liz Skelton is Principal Consultant with Social Leadership Australia at The Benevolent Society.

Event details:
What: The Australian Leadership Paradox
When: 13 August, 6.30pm to 8pm
Where: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney

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