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Leadership in the Australian Context

Little is known of how leadership actually happens in the Australian context. Most of the theory and case study material in leadership is drawn from the US. And, even within the US literature, leadership examples are most frequently drawn from the business arena and focus largely on anglo-celtic men. This is not a true reflection of the diversity of Australian society nor of leaders in Australia.'Leadership in the Australian Context: Case Studies' in Leadership provides both a summary of leadership theory and a theoretical framework for understanding the practice of leadership. It then offers in-depth case studies of 11 Australian leaders drawn from across business, politics, the public and not-for-profit sectors as well as across age groups and gender. From these case studies is drawn a synopsis of what these leaders have in common and what the key factors are to successful leadership in the Australian context.
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Table of Contents

Ch 1 - A framework for understanding leadership, Ch 2 - Australian leaders, Ch 3 - Julie Hammer - Air Vice Marshall, Australian Air Force (retired), Ch 4 - Dr Mohamad Abdalla - Imam and educationalist, Ch 5 - Karen Stanton - Small business owner, Ch 6 - Euan Murdoch - CEO of Goanna and formerly of Herron, Ch 7 - Carolyn Barker - CEO of AIM QLD, Ch 8 - Prof Doug Hargreaves - Head of School of Engineering Systems at QUT, Ch 9 - Natasha Stott Despoja - Federal Senator, Ch 10 - Stefan - Hairdressing entrepreneur, Ch 11 - Marisa Vecchio - CEO Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited, Ch 12 - Kevin Rudd, Ch 13 - Desley Hargreaves - Senior social worker with the Federal government, Ch 14 - Learning to lead

About the Author

Carol Dalglish (PhD, MSc, Dipl. Educational Admin., BA) lectures at QUT in the Brisbane Graduate School of Business. Previously Carol has taught, studied and consulted in Australia, England, South Africa, Europe and Asia. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, executive coaching, international issues in education and institutional development. Carol has published several books and many papers in these and related areas. Prior to joining QUT, Carol worked as a management consultant and held a number of senior management positions in the public sector in Australia and abroad. Peter Evans (MEd, MBA, Grad. Dip. Rec., Grad. Cert. Ed., Dip. YL) is Principal of Leadership Education Australia a highly-specialised business focusing on strategic leadership, executive coaching and mentoring, and leadership development. Peter lectures in the QUT Master of Business Administration Program in Leadership and Strategy. Peter's working career includes a role as managing director of a national company, owning and running a small business, a role as head of department in local government, and ten years in the not-for-profit sector.

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