||As part of our monthly segment, Our Community Leaders - Great Australian Leaders in Focus
which features the thoughts of some of Australia's great leaders,
this month we feature Prof Neville Norman.
Neville Norman is Professor of Economics at the University
of Melbourne and a great speaker at the 2005 Communities in Control
Conference - where he took an insightful look at economic trends and
how they might impact on communities into the future. His speech,
and those of others at the conference, can be found by following this
link: www.ourcommunity.com.au/cic As well as his impressive credentials
in economics, Assoc. Prof. Norman has a range of community connections,
among them being a patron of Vision Australia for a number of years,
and St Paul's Cathedral Appeal Fund.
Our Community: Who do you consider to
be the three great leaders of our time?
(I would not put one politician in the top 20!)
- Pete Estes - CEO GM USA (1977-1981)
- (Sir Roderick) Rod Carnegie - CEO CRA 1970s and 80s
- (Sir) Alex Broers - Vice-Chancellor, Cambridge Uni (2000-4)
Our Community: What are the three attributes
you would consider to be essential to a leader?
- Fundamental commitment to one or two objectives that are beyond the
capacity of almost everyone to achieve by themselves
- Overt demonstration they are prepared to do everything they ask of
others (some appear to have this and then fall from grace)
- Fundamental love of what they do and people they do it to.
Our Community: What are the three greatest
barriers to new leaders emerging in Australia?
- Pop culture - impressed with froth and bubble, e.g. TV stars
- Tall-poppy syndrome - dislike of those already successful, not necessarily
in wealth terms, other than in sport
- High marginal tax rates at lowish income levels
Our Community: What advice would you give
to a potential leader to take them to the next stage? Please feel free to
Don't ever relax or give up what you believe in or how to sell it to what
can be at times a silly society.
Our Community: Nature/nurture - are leaders
born or bred?
Seldom ever bred - attempt by "management schools" to create leaders is
unconvincing. Sometime it takes a crisis to bring out innate leadership
Our Community: Who have been your own leadership
mentors and how did they assist in developing your own leadership style?
Sir Henry Bolte, Davis McCaughey, Weary Dunlop, Dr John Cheffers, Franz
Stamfl (the last two being sporting coaches and inspiring leaders).
Published June 2006