The Leadership Illawarra Program participants spent two days in Canberra learning about leadership from our political leaders during June 21-22.

 Questions were posed around:

  • What is leadership?
  • Can leadership be taught or only learnt?
  • What are the characteristics of a good leader?

 The group heard from inspiring leaders including Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Dr Allan Hawke AC, the Hon Fiona Nash, the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, the Hon Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones.  Visits were centred in and around Parliament House, as well as a tour of the War Memorial.

 Some of the key take-outs included:

  • ‘If you get the people right, the rest falls into place’
  • ‘Experience shapes leaders’
  • ‘Leadership can be learnt, but can’t be taught’
  • ‘The role of a leader is to provide the shape, shared vision and values that give meaning to the work of others’
  • ‘Leaders make the difficult decisions to do what is right’
  • ‘Leadership takes resilience and perseverance’
  • ‘Leadership is sometimes what you do when you don’t know what to do’
  • ‘As a leader, you will be required to step out of your comfort zone’

 For more insights, visit the LIP website here