I was saddened with the recent death of Malcolm Fraser, a great statesman and political giant who transformed Australia’s commitment to human rights around the world. I was also saddened to hear of the passing of Asia’s great statesman and visionary, Lee Kuan Yew. Some time ago I read the book about this great man, ‘The Tiger of Asia’ which outlined what a true leader can achieve and grow his country into significant growth with very little to work with. How Australia could benefit from learning from both of these men. How much could Australia achieve if only we had political bi-partisanship?

It should never be underestimated how important it is for a business to have at its head a great leader who can lead by example and motivate through the inspiration of not asking any employee to do what they themselves are not prepared to do.

How important it is to have the presence of a mentor as part of a growth strategy. Someone who has ‘been there and done that’ by relating to the workforce through personal experience and success. The days are gone when business can grow on a sustainable basis and report consistent profits through the academic approach. It is important to have a blend of academic and practical experience in any staff, however the most successful company’s have proven achievers at the helm.

I am truly disappointed that the huge opportunities still withing Australia to lead the world are being frittered away by the major political parties not capable of negotiating what is best for Australia. It is all about what is best for individuals to secure themselves in their individual seats of power. What an indictment for the younger generation to grow up under this type of leadership.