Since leadership behaviour fundamentally influences the development of ethical conduct, two important questions arise: ‘Will I be a champion, an exemplar or both?’ and ‘How do I perform either role?’If you are a senior leader, such as head of a business division, in the top management team or even the CEO, others will normally expect you to be both champion and exemplar.
Wherever you go in the world, there are people trying to demonise welfare recipients.In Australia, it has been ‘lifters versus leaners’ or the ‘taxed versus the taxed-nots’. In the United Kingdom it was the ‘strivers versus skivers’. In the United States it’s the ‘47 per cent who are dependent on government’ versus the hardworking 53 per cent.The colloquialism may be different, but the objective is always the same: to divide the community.
Reducing economic inequality means addressing the widening social gap in Australia. New research shows that the income gaps within our cities have grown larger since the 1990s. Compared with two decades ago, well-paid workers are less likely to live in places with low average incomes. University of New South Wales economist Bruce Bradbury, who carried out the study, sums up his findings with the old joke: ‘What did the rich man say to the poor man?