HEAD NECK CANCER - A learning journey
This month, Peta Credlin, lost her job as Chief of Staff to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, when he was ousted by his Liberal party colleagues, and Malcolm Turnbull assumed the role as Australia’s newest Prime Minister. Credlin was still named by The Australian Women’s Weekly as Australia’s most powerful woman. In her speech at the award ceremony, Credlin stated ‘If I was a guy, I wouldn’t be bossy, I’d be strong. If I was a guy I wouldn’t be a micromanager, I’d be across my brief.’
By drawing attention to her assumed perception about gender differences, Credlin is further turning the knife on herself. As Janet Albrechtsen writes, ‘Credlin was a toxic blockage to the PM’s office’ (the Australian, 26-27 September 2015, p.17). This was partially the cause that ignited the dramatic mood swings of Liberal party members from disappointment and frustration to anger that resulted in the shift of loyalty to a new leader.
Leadership is about action. About getting things done through people. It isn’t about ‘power over’ others. It isn’t about aggressive manipulation and bullying – by men or women. It isn’t about grandstanding and who can make the funniest or most outrageous quip in Twitterland.
It is about relationships. Building relationships through influence
and collaborative projects, just as Senator Marise Payne has been quietly and calmly doing in relation to Defence over many years, and is deserving of her new responsibility as Defence Minister.
First and foremost, leadership starts with self. Through understanding self and enhanced awareness of Emotional Intelligence, you can improve interaction with others. There are a plethora of courses now available about leadership from short courses to postgraduate tertiary courses. However, having intellectual knowledge of a set of tools with the idea that ‘leadership can be learned’ is only part of the story.
Are you willing and able to make the transformational personal shift in attitude and behaviour to emerge as the best of leaders?
In the Tao te Ching (Lao Tzu), XV11:
‘The best of all rulers is but a shadowy presence to his subjects.
Next comes the ruler they love and praise;
Next comes one they fear;
Last comes one they treat with impertinence.
Only when there is not enough faith is there a lack of faith.
Hesitant, he does not utter words lightly.
When his task is accomplished and his work done
The people will say, ‘It happened to us naturally.’
Today we could say ‘her’, as well as ‘his’.
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