What is it about?
Julia Gillard spent 330 days as Australia's first female prime minister before being replaced by the man she had deposed as Labor leader, Kevin Rudd. This case study compares and contrasts their leadership styles with a particular focus on Gillard's claim to be an authentic leader. This teaching note is designed to: Critically examine and discuss the concept of authentic leadership using examples from Gillard's leadership journey; discuss the extent to which gender contributes to how a leader is perceived, portrayed and judged; and discuss the role of media in constructing a 'common sense' understanding of leadership.
Why is it important?
This teaching case is also available for free download via the ANZSOG Case Program https://www.anzsog.edu.au/resource-library/case-library/revealing-the-real-julia-authenticity-and-gender-in-australian-political-leadership-teaching-note-2016-185-2
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Todd Bridgman