Leadership lessons from history in new Great Leaders Masterclass series

March 16 / 176

A new series of leadership masterclasses is underway, presented by the University’s Centre for Workplace Leadership.

Several of today’s high profile business leaders are providing a thought-provoking insight into who inspires them, as part of the Great Leaders Masterclass Series. Former Victorian Premier John Brumby began the series in February, exploring what former Prime Minister Bob Hawke taught him about great leadership

Mr Brumby’s talk provided an insight into the makings of strong and successful leaders. He structured the talk around Bill Clinton’s test for great leaders, applying it to Hawke: ‘Are they for real? Who is around them? Do they get back on the horse? Can they see round corners?’

Many of the reasons Mr Brumby most admired Mr Hawke were rooted in experiences from his days as Labor candidate for Bendigo, then as Member for Bendigo. He spoke of Mr Hawke’s generosity and “unwavering values and beliefs”.

According to Mr Brumby, Mr Hawke had “enormous commitment, stamina and energy… because he believed in what he was doing.”

The public lecture series encourages audience discussion, with leaders taking questions after their talk. Mr Brumby was questioned on topics ranging from Donald Trump’s chances in the US Presidential Race, to the possibility of a ‘modern day Hawke’ given today’s media cycle.

The Masterclasses will resume on Thursday 28 April when Vice Professor Chancellor Glyn Davis reflects on the leader he has most admired. 


28 April – Professor Glyn Davis, Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne

23 June – Belinda Duarte, Director at Korin Gamadji Institute, Richmond Football Club

18 August – Speaker to be announced

20 October – Jillian Broadbent AO, Chair, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Chancellor, University of Wollongong

For up-to-date information about speakers, and to obtain tickets, visit the Great Leaders Masterclass Series event page. You can also read more about the Centre for Workplace Leadership.

*Dates and speakers are subject to change

Story by Bridget O'Reilly

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