Report Card is out: Do Australian leaders have what it takes?
If you are like me, this is a great time to catch up on the latest research conducted during the year. I had flagged this landmark government funded report by the Study of Australian Leadership Group from the University of Melbourne and Centre for Workplace Leadership, ‘Leadership at Work: Do Australian leaders have what it takes?” mainly because of the spirited commentary it generated when it was released late in the year!
The report questions whether Australian leaders are up for the challenge of ‘slow economic growth globally…rate of technological change’ which are disrupting traditional business models along with a ‘seismic shift in the competitive and regulatory environment.’ The report used surveys of over 8000 people on which to base their findings. One source of the controversy arose from the section on ‘Significant gaps and weaknesses in Australia’s leadership and management.’ (Exec summary p. 8)
Peter Wilson, AM, AHRI Chairman takes exception to some of the findings, particularly in relation to the way public sector and private sector targets are set and measured, the failure to ‘disentangle leadership from other core drivers of performance’ and how often senior leaders access external information and advice. To read both viewpoints, please go to:
for the full report
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