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Australia Post chief Ahmed Fahour is managing in difficult times. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Superstar CEOs no substitute for diverse leaders

It's easy to assign all of the wins and losses of a company to CEO performance, but when the going gets really tough it's the teams behind them that matter.
How lapses of leadership integrity are viewed depends on how popular or valuable the “culprit” is to a business, investors, brand, society or power groups. AAP/Joe Castro

James Hird and the elusive truth about leadership integrity

Moral dilemmas are common; whether we act with courage or compliance depends on a whole range of factors in any given situation.
Australians are losing public confidence that Australia’s leaders can tackle our “wicked problems”. AAP/ Lukas Coch

Australians to our leaders: “Lift your game and think long term”

Recent comments from the Business Council of Australia reflect a shift in the public debate about reform and the national agenda. Specifically, BCA President Catherine Livingstone has called for wide consultation…
Ideally, the cabinet should include four of the seven types of leaders - and only two of those make effective prime ministers. AAP/Lukas Coch

The real leadership challenge: only six Liberals are suitable to be PM

Analysis of the mindsets and responses of thousands of senior leaders tells us only about 7% are likely to have the right stuff to lead effective government responses to wicked problems.
In contrast to incumbent Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, his potential successor, Malcolm Turnbull, is often described as ‘charismatic’. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Are ‘charismatic’ leaders really charismatic?

Those of us who study politics are fortunate, but also unfortunate, to work in an academic field whose terms are widely used and abused in public debate. “Populist”, which I’ve written about here, is one…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott confers with his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, during question time. AAP/Lukas Coch

Why Credlin is seen to have gone too far as PM’s right-hand woman

Peta Credlin is in the classic "double bind" of all women in power: if they take charge, they transgress the gendered expectations that "female qualities" are best suited to a supporting role.
Tony Abbott is offering logical evidence and emotional appeals, but the rhetorical problem is his own loss of credibility and authority. AAP/Mick Tsikas

The prime ministerial promise to change: can it work?

“Is it me?” That was the question John Howard reportedly asked his cabinet colleagues as his government remained stubbornly behind in the polls in 2007. One of those colleagues, Tony Abbott, now confronts…

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