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David Grant identifies true leaders

In recent times there has been much debate about what makes a true leader and whether society now expects more from its business leaders in the face of economic challenges. Have the qualities for identifying a true leader changed and what are some of the best examples of leadership in recent times?

Identifying true leaders

The ninth annual True Leaders issue of AFR Boss Magazine answers these questions and identifies 18 individuals from varied backgrounds who have shown outstanding leadership qualities in the business, government and not-for-profit sectors.

A panel of seven experts including Professor David Grant, Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney rated many candidates on the basis of their authenticity, courage, and adaptability in the face of rapidly changing economic conditions and examined the performance of their organisations.

Professor Grant, who teaches one of the leadership modules on the new Global Executive MBA, was on the selection panel for the first time in 2009.

He said; "This was an incredibly valuable experience to be involved with and enabled me, along with some respected peers, to think deeply about what type of person leads well.  It is clear that there are many extraordinary leaders in our country at the moment, but rather than just recent financial success, as a panel, we sought evidence of  leadership that contributed to the sustainability of an organisation. Our search extended to  public and not-for-profit organisations and several leaders included in the list came from these sectors"

"Leadership is clearly about more than achieving short-term performance objectives. It involves creative thinking, adaptability to changing circumstances, innovative practices and ethical management. Those selected are a superb example of all of these attributes and it is these attributes that have enabled them to steer their organisations through difficult times and ensure that they remain well positioned in the longer term.

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