Diversity Leadership Program - Beyond the usual suspects: The future for diverse leadership

Hosted by ANZ Banking Group Limited
26 Feb 2014


Conventional wisdom says leaders need to look and act a certain way – like being an extrovert, having ‘gravitas’ and commanding attention. However, many of these often unconscious biases work against women, people from some cultural backgrounds and from other diversity groups. Such a ‘cookie cutter’ approach to identifying leadership works against authenticity and can mean organisations miss out on real talent.

At DCA’s next Diversity Leadership Program event, hosted by ANZ in Melbourne, we will take a critical look at the future for diverse leadership.

The event will be moderated by ANZ's Andrew Géczy, Chief Executive Officer, International & Institutional Banking and will feature a presentation by Dr Jane O’Leary, DCA’s Research Director with an overview of the latest research on executive presence and women in leadership.  After Jane’s presentation, a panel discussion with the following business leaders will explore their insights and experiences on the future for diverse leadership:

  1. Carol Schwartz AM, Founding Chair, Women's Leadership Institute Australia and prominent executive director
  2. Nicholas Barnett, CEO, Insync Surveys
  3. Sheba Nandkeolyar, President NSW Chapter, Australia India Business Council (AIBC)
  4. Dr Jennifer Whelan, Visiting Fellow, Melbourne Business School.

Themes the panel discussion will explore include:

  • Challenging the traditional stereotypes of leaders
  • New ways of defining leadership including values-based leadership
  • Unconscious bias
  • Leaders working flexibly
  • The pitfalls of ‘merit’
  • Introverts as leaders
  • Non-traditional pathways to leadership
  • Reframing talent development and promotion criteria.

The rest of this content is restricted to DCA members.