The second stanza of Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country is widely known in Australia. In a summer which has seen catastrophic fires, dust and thunderstorms along with flooding our leadership has been tested to the limit.
A sign of effective leadership is the ability to adapt, take criticism and learn from past mistakes. While Prime Minister Scott Morrison has received his share of criticism for his handling of the bushfire crisis, not all media say he’s been doing a bad job, and some suggest that he has learned from his early missteps.
The government’s affinity for PR spin and marketing jargon hasn’t fared well as Australia’s leadership appeared to remain two steps behind the bushfire crisis. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s handling of the emergency has seen him tarred and feathered both in Australia and internationally.
“Where there’s a need there’s a lion,” is the motto of Lions Clubs International. Since inception more than 100 years ago local Lions clubs have become the trusted, quiet leaders in their communities.
As mental health takes precedence on the public agenda, the leaders fronting these conversations will often place their mental health on the backburner as they support others.