THE AUSTRALIAN LEADERSHIP PARADOX
By Geoff Aigner and Liz Skelton
Australians bemoan the quality of our leaders. We blame those in power for not showing leadership, only to turn on them when they start tackling the hard issues they are expected to fix. No wonder, then, that even the most passionate and talented among us hesitate to take up this important role. The Australian Leadership Paradox offers us a circuit breaker for this impasse, providing new insights into Australia's distinct leadership culture and showing us a new way forward. It exposes the inherent tensions in Australians' historical relationship with authority; interrogates our culture of mateship and egalitarianism, and challenges the narrative of a nation of Aussies battling adversity when we are actually living in "the lucky country." These tensions are the paradoxes of Australian leadership. Drawing on their extensive experience working with hundreds of leaders from government, business, and community organizations, Geoff Aigner and Liz Skelton show how it's possible for Australian leadership to be inspiring, sustainable, and effective—and how we can participate in creating the change we want to see in the world.