Effective leadership is critical for achieving better social, economic and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Strong governance and strong leadership are directly linked.


While governance is about more than just leadership, without visionary and accountable leaders your governance can quickly become ineffective.

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.


4.0 Leadership for governance


4.1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership


4.2 The challenges of leadership


4.3 Evaluating your leadership


4.4 Youth leadership and succession planning


4.5 Building leadership capacity to govern


4.6 Case Studies

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Factsheet > Leadership

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership is exercised according to different values than it is in the wider Australian society. Strong relationships with family and close kin, and values of demand sharing and mutual responsibility are at the very heart of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership practices.


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Leadership – the social and political process in which one person can enlist the support and influence others to accomplish a common goal or objective, thereby encouraging consensus, cohesive and collective action.


See our Glossary for more definitions of governance-related terminology.

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