Leadership is the art of motivating people towards a common goal or to ‘get things done’ and providing guidance and direction. It’s essential for effective governance.


Effective leaders act according to shared cultural values, are accountable and inclusive, understand their responsibilities, inspire others, and recognise their strengths and weaknesses.


This kind of leadership better enables groups to achieve the things that matter to them.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership has different values and criteria than in wider Australian society. For example:


  • it is often shared among people with different responsibilities for different matters
  • there are important age and gender dimensions
  • it is based on accumulating knowledge and experience.

Indigenous Governance Toolkit

Our Toolkit is a free online resource developed to support Indigenous communities and organisations to strengthen their governance practices. It offers a comprehensive collection of practical information, tools, templates, case studies and videos.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership


Leadership styles


Challenges of leadership


Develop your leadership


Succession planning


Evaluate your leadership


Leadership – Factsheet

Other resources

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