The Australian Leadership Reader: Six Leading Australians and Their Stories

Edited by Helen Sykes and Erica Frydenberg

Future Leaders and University of Melbourne

Of interest to ages 15 years and up and especially appropriate for use in Australian secondary and undergraduate studies, this unique book does not try to define leadership, but instead encourages the reader to fulfil that task themselves through a series of short essays on the personal and professional life of some contemporary Australians recognised nationally as aspiring leaders in their fields. A brief overview on the concept of leadership, plus a short series of questions about leadership and coping, provides a framework for individual study or group discussion.

The Australian Leadership Reader presents six engagingly written leadership profiles

About the Author

Helen Sykes Dr Helen Sykes is the founder of Future Leaders, a national initiative designed to provide young people with inspiration and skill development for effective leadership and Going Further, a leadership program exploring the relationship between economic, environmental, social and cultural issues. Helen has conducted extensive research about young people and leadership and the attitudes of young people to the environment. She is President of the Trust for Young Australians, Chair of the Royal Children's Hospital MHS Community Reference Group and Member of the Australian Collaboration Steering Committee. Erica Frydenberg is a clinical, organisational, counselling and educational psychologist who has practiced extensively in the Australian educational setting before joining the staff of the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the organisational leadership cluster of academics in the Faculty of Education. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. She has authored over 100 academic journal articles and chapters in the field of coping, published psychological instruments to measure coping and developed programs to teach coping skills.