Women & Leadership: It’s not a level playing field, but that doesn’t mean we don’t play at all

This week Julia Gillard, Australia’s first female Prime Minister was ousted after the leadership sore that had been festering under the surface finally broke through. It was probably the most significant political event in Australia for almost 40 years. Leadership is a tough business, and for women it is even tougher. There is not a …

The feminine and feminist leadership challenge: Embracing the “both/and” rather than “either/or” #leaningin

A number of years ago I made a professional decision that I wouldn’t shy away from the “difficult conversation”. At the time I was working for a school system and I had witnessed too many serious problems that need not have escalated if, when the leader was faced the brutal facts, he/she was prepared to …