Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.’ The attainment of power, however, does not often come without its share of adversity.
ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue’s new book The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power charts the journeys of leading lights in fields such as business, education, politics and even religion. These women faced their share of challenges to get to where they are today – but also benefited from the encouragement and example of mentors (many of whom, interestingly, were men).
For her book, Geraldine spoke to 14 Australian women in positions of power and influence, including politicians Julie Bishop and Alannah MacTiernan; former head of drama at the ABC Sandra Levy, horse-trainer Gai Waterhouse; and Heather Ridout, former Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group. Their stories reveal a range of experiences and opinions on leadership, and offer an insight into what it’s like at the top as a woman in Australia.
We also get a glimpse of the flip side – The Climb also features the views of nine prominent men on women as leaders.
I spoke to the lovely Geraldine Doogue just two days after her book was launched in Sydney.
Interview broadcast on ArtSound FM.
Interview air date: 7 September 2014.
The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power by Geraldine Doogue is published by Text Publishing.