You will often hear me say that leaders must step up to the plate and be visible, authentic and have the courage to have the conversations that will make them uncomfortable or unpopular. When I think of outstanding modern leaders who embody this criteria, Elizabeth Broderick comes to mind.
Friday 4th September marks the completion of Liz's eight year term as Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner. The leadership she has shown corporate Australia, Aurizon and myself has been remarkable.
Throughout her eight years, she has worked with Defence in addressing their difficult and wide-reaching issues, she has improved life time economic security for women, she has had to tackle domestic violence head on, she has been pivotal in influencing changes in parental leave and has driven the creation of the Male Champions of Change. Most importantly I believe, she has challenged the way people think, influencing by linking the hard facts and statistics with personal stories – connecting the head with the heart.
At Aurizon, she has partnered with us to help us with our demanding diversity agenda – from challenging our executives to think differently to sharing her insights with 350 women at our annual Aurizon International Women's Day.
The message that resonates most with me is we must continually disrupt the status quo to achieve sustainable change.
Thank you Liz for your contribution to gender diversity, you have inspired myself and Aurizon's current and future leaders.
Written by Lance Hockridge, Managing Director & CEO