It is exciting to be back at school for the final term of 2022. The year is certainly flying by and I hope all our students had a relaxing break and have recommenced their learning with great enthusiasm.
Over the break, I took some time to read ‘Women and Leadership’ which was co-written by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two inspirational women.
In this book, the authors highlight a number of female leaders including Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Clinton and Theresa May to find common experiences in their stories. The common theme that runs throughout the book is the importance of remaining true to oneself in leading others. To be authentic rather than pretend to be ‘superhuman’.
It is also 10 years since Julia Gillard’s speech in parliament challenging misogyny. In an interview she gave recently, she acknowledged that whilst there has been much improvement in this area in the past decade, there is still more to be done in ensuring equality for women in all spheres of life.
As a leader in this community, I consistently aspire to leadership which is above all, service to those we lead. I believe that leaders should use their position to be involved in calling out issues of injustice and inequity. Role models such as those highlighted in this wonderful book are inspirational leaders to be admired.
I was fortunate to attend the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue held at Accor Stadium during the holidays. Representatives from all walks of life attended, including people in the education sector, business owners and those in the building industry. Anthony Albanese was the keynote speaker, and his message was very supportive of the continued growth of infrastructure in Western Sydney.
One only need look at the skyscape from the AMCC roof to see the change in the Parramatta CBD with high rise buildings spreading across the city. Parramatta is dynamic and thriving, with businesses expanding and employment opportunities increasing. It is reassuring as Principal of OLMC, that the Federal Government is behind this continued development and our students have access to a myriad of opportunities due to our central location in Parramatta.