Saturday Seminar – Beyond the hero-leader: effective leadership in troubled times

Tutor/Facilitator James Walter

Date: on/from Sat 17 Jul 2021 to Sat 17 Jul 2021
Frequency: Single Event
Class time: 2:30-3:30

Delivered ZOOM

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Presenter: James Walter, Emeritus Professor (Politics) Monash University and U3APP member

Facilitator: Dr Maurita Harney, Honorary Senior Fellow, Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne and U3APP tutor

In times of unusual challenge – during rapid economic change, or in a national crisis – the natural response is to call for strong leaders, promising decisive action. Some striking examples are typically pointed to – Churchill during World War 2; Thatcher and Reagan in the 1980s; and sometimes (in Australia) Bob Menzies, Malcolm Fraser and John Howard. But there are, as well, confounding current instances of the dangers self-professed strong leaders present – think Duterte in the Philippines, Bolsanaro in Brazil, Trump in the USA. This talk will show why we must dispel the myth of the strong leader, in order to identify the characteristics of effective leadership in the contemporary context, using recent and contemporary examples from Australia: Bob Hawke, John Howard and (to bring it right home) Dan Andrews.

James Walter is an active member of U3A Port Phillip. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and holds appointments as Emeritus Professor (Politics) at Monash University, and Emeritus Professor (Australian Studies) at Griffith University. His most recent book (with Paul Strangio and Paul ‘t Hart), The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949-2016, won the APSA/Mayer Foundation prize for the best book on Australian politics in 2019.

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This seminar is open to all U3A Port Phillip members and subscribers and to the general public.

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This is an online live seminar, presented as a webinar on Zoom.

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