Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


Smith, C. & Vitoria, B. (1996). Women and leadership working paper series: Paper no. 7: Gender issues in management education: Redressing the imbalance. Perth, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


In 1992 the Federal government appointed an Industry Task Force on Leadership and Management Skills !hereinafter referred to as the Task Force) to review Australia's management and leadership capabilities, and advise on measures to strengthen management practices, in an effort to improve economic performance. An international leadership expert advising the Task Force alleged that 'corporate Australia's Achilles' heel' is its all-male monoculture, whose 'rugby-serum mentality' makes boardroom entry difficult for women, and non-traditional men who do not fit the stereotypically masculine image IMant, 1994:3). Mant emphasised that, because new ideas result from diversity, Australian management culture needs to embrace a variety of differing perspectives.