The year 2020 will be remembered as one of Australia’s most turbulent. The first months of the year saw many communities devastated by the bushfire crisis. With little respite, Australia soon faced the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a major disruption to the economy and people’s lives. Leadership across all sectors and institutions has been tested as it never has been before.
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Overall, our 2019 annual report findings show a significant gap between public perceptions and expectations across all indicators of leadership for the greater good across government, public, private and not for profit sectors. Australian institutions are not living up to the expectations of the general public.
Due to unethical conduct, irresponsible leadership and distrust of institutions, there is a pervasive sense that we are not well served by our leaders. Too often, leaders serve a narrow group of interests before the public interest. There is a yearning for a culture of leadership that serves the greater good.
The Woolworths Group proclaims it celebrates “family-friendly values”. The company announced yesterday it will separate from its liquor and gaming businesses. This should be welcomed as a bold step showing its stated commitments aren’t just PR gimmickry.
In a survey of 1,000 Australians, 35.4% agreed banking and financial institutions show ‘no leadership for the greater good’. Banks and financial institutions are seen as the most self-serving in the nation, according to a national survey undertaken by researchers at Swinburne University.
Although the term civilisation has less currency today than it once did, most of us see ourselves as living in a civilisation. And, as posited by John Ralston Saul, our understanding of civilisation tends to be centred on a sense of shared destiny; on shared interests, collective purpose and a common future.