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Acknowledgements Introduction PART 1: LEADERSHIP IN AUSTRALIA - WHERE ARE WE AT? 1 Room to move 2 There's no such thing as a 'leader' PART 2: THE PARADOXES OF LEADERSHIP AND AUTHORITY IN AUSTRALIA 3 The water we swim in 4 Paradox 1: Anti-authority and authority-dependent 5 Paradox 2: Egalitarian and hierarchical 6 Paradox 3: Relational and competitive 7 Paradox 4: Battling adversity and living in prosperity PART 3: SHIFTING PRACTICE 8 Leading across difference - The great Australian challenge 9 Leading in Australia - The why before the how 10 Power, rank and authority 11 The leverage of role 12 Conflict, growth and innovation 13 Doing business with authority - The why 14 Doing business differently - The how 15 More than surviving 16 A new Australian leadership story Endnotes Index
Geoff Aigner and Liz Skelton are both senior managers, educators and consultants for Social Leadership Australia at The Benevolent Society. They have a rare combination of hands-on experience in senior leadership roles and a deep understanding of change and leadership theory. Geoff is the Director of Social Leadership Australia, adjunct faculty at the Australian Graduate School of Management and the author of Leadership Beyond Good Intentions. Liz is Principal Consultant at Social Leadership Australia and brings almost 20 years experience leading social change organisations in Australia and the UK. Together they have led adaptive change initiatives for business, government and community sectors on complex issues such as homelessness, Indigenous leadership and corporate/community engagement.
'Aigner and Skelton challenge our understanding of what leadership characteristics are needed in the Australian context, with every page presenting new insights and possibilities... a fascinating portrayal of how leadership is exercised in our institutions but leaves us yearning for something much better.' - Robert Fitzgerald AM, Commissioner, Productivity Commission. '...in the tradition of Donald Horne's The Lucky Country, ...challenges us to rise above complacency and complaint and accept that leadership and power are needed for progress.' - Professor Geoff Gallop, former Premier of Western Australia.