Diverse Leadership

4 years ago in Research

Let me share with you three interesting sources that have shaped my thinking about diverse leadership since February.

Can work be good for employees and employers? Helena Liu reviews a new book that wrestles with problems of workplace organisation, but doesn’t go quite far enough.

My latest conference paper, ‘White Knights: Leadership as the heroicisation of whiteness’, is the result of much deliberation and confrontation since my first EGOS conference in Montréal last year.

When I attended my first European Group for Organization Studies colloquium in Montréal last year, I experienced an ecclesiastical epiphany.

Ordinary Aristocrats

5 years ago in Media

New research into the way Australian philanthropists are portrayed as ethical leaders in the national media has found that the portrayal reinforces social and economic inequality.

Since I wrote about the sacred nature of leadership and my interest in progressive kinds of leadership that challenge the status quo, I have been thinking more and more about the connection between leadership and social justice activism.

On Thursday, 27th March, 2014, I presented a talk at the Swinburne Leadership Institute.

Will Andrew Forrest convince Australia’s billionaires to open their wallets? Christopher Baker and Helena Liu ask.

The question “What is leadership for?” has been on my mind for over a year now.

How a Game of Thrones marathon led me to discover Aamer Rahman.

These days it seems as though leaders and leadership are everywhere. But lack of diversity among our pantheon of leaders casts a long, dark shadow over the future of leadership.


5 years ago in Quotes

History, looked at under the surface, in the streets and on the farms, in GI barracks and trailer camps, in factories and offices, tells a different story. Whenever injustices have been remedied, wars halted, women and Blacks and Native Americans given their due, it has been because ‘unimportant’ people spoke up, organized, protested, and brought democracy alive
Howard Zinn

New Beginning

5 years ago in Personal

When I first left Sydney to begin my research fellowship at the Swinburne Leadership Institute in November 2012, I carved out this online space in order to document my expedition. But once I touched down on new ground, I found myself pulled headlong into work that by the time I came back up for air, a whole year had passed.

About This Blog

5 years ago in Personal

Hi, I’m Helena, and welcome to my blog on leadership. I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney in late 2012 where my research explored the ways leaders navigate through crisis, admit to failures, and enact their authenticity. My current projects explore transgressive leadership among marginalised groups. In 2016, I joined University of Technology Sydney as a Senior Lecturer in the Management Discipline Group. See my academic profile.

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