Read our monthly articles which discuss key leadership topics.
The flexibility that remote work affords is invaluable, but the blending sometimes feels like work is constant and omnipresent. Employees are likely to feel more vulnerable in this always-on culture, one of constant change and adaptation.
For the good of all or self-serving? Five charts on how Australians view the public integrity of federal government, 2018-2021
The issue of public integrity has become increasingly prominent in recent years. In this report, we analyse public perceptions and expectations of federal government integrity from October 2018 to December 2021, focusing on public perceptions of federal government leadership for the public good, ethics and morality, transparency, and accountability.
Despite some of the negative publicity surrounding charities in Australia and overseas, Australians overwhelmingly view charities as leading for the greater good compared to other institutions. But why is this the case? Apart from their premise of helping others, how do charities sustain these perceptions more broadly?
Australia has come under international criticism for the carbon emission reduction targets set out in the Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan, with most saying that the net zero by 2050 target is neither fast nor aggressive enough. In recent months, however, with NewsCorp changing its stance on climate change reporting, and public discourse around climate change accelerating, the private sector faces significant pressures to take climate action.
Despite female medical graduates now consistently exceeding parity, there are persisting inequalities in women’s participation in some medical specialities and in leadership roles overall.
Although the term ‘civilisation’ has less currency today than it once did (Armstrong, 2009), most people see themselves as living in a civilisation (Saul, 2009). As observed by the political philosopher John Ralston Saul, this understanding tends to be centred on a sense of shared destiny: on shared interests, collective purpose, and a common future. Seemingly abstract, the idea of shared destiny is actually quite familiar. Colloquially, we know this as the common good or its synonyms: the public or greater good.
Leadership for the common good requires an individual and collective ability and willingness to overcome our Manichaean tendencies. It calls on us to foster the conditions that make it possible to imagine how apparent contradictions can be reconciled. And it calls on us to cultivate the conditions in which we can develop a sense of shared reality, collective purpose, and shared destiny.
The public expects more ethical and responsible leadership, now more than ever. Scandals such as this capture the public’s attention and erode trust in leaders, as evidenced by global public opinion polls.