I’ve been reflecting on the events in Australia recently and considering how leadership is playing out. I’m angry. I’m frustrated. I’m sad and I’m greatly inspired by what I have seen.
I’m just home from a family holiday in Bali with my husband and daughter and found myself getting caught up in the news cycle. Damn that news app on my iPhone. Bloody addictive!
Here’s what’s got my knickers in a twist right now:
- The blame game over the wildfires in Australia. The bullshit politics that are being played out and denial to look at science.
- The cover up of what went down at St Kevins College in Toorak. Bravo Four Corners!
- The senseless murder of Hannah Clarke and her children in Brisbane
- The avoidable death of John Kennedy, train driver.
Anger, frustration and sadness are emotions I believe many Australians are feeling this summer.
And I have been greatly inspired by the leadership and kindness that has emerged like a new green shoot after a bushfire. Craig Lapsley is making a lot of sense right now in regard to the fires. Solution focused.
As human beings we have choice. We get to choose how we respond when life happens. New principal of St Kevins College John Crowley modelled kind leadership this week as he addressed students on day one. He praised the “courageous” students who spoke out on Four Corners on Monday night.
“These young people, through a clear and steadfast voice, have provided us with a mandate for change,” he said. “As your college leaders, it is our responsibility now to grasp this opportunity.”
He contacted the young men and families involved immediately. A kind and responsible act.
Paris Street was eloquent in his response to Andrew Bolt and Gerard Henderson’s nonsense. He played no games. Fin Tobin and Ned O’Brien courageously and kindly stood by their mate. It would have been easier to run and they didn’t choose that option. I want to see men like Paris, Fin and Ned in leadership roles!
Bettina Arndt (who I have blocked on all social media) due to her senseless comments on victim blaming Hannah Clarke and her children is likely to have her OA revoked. The groundswell of support and kindness for Hannah’s family is beautiful. I don’t know what the solution is. I do know that people involved in DV must be part of that conversation. Rosie Batty will have a contribution to make here. Bettina has not earned the right.
Seems to me that whenever tragedy occurs we go looking for blame rather than a solution. I believe we have come to the end of the road for the ranty, nasty voices who are getting attention. The time has come for calm, kind leadership. Bring it on! Alongside so many Australians right now, a kind and collaborative style of leadership is welcome.
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