Leadership & Ethics

Leadership Quarterly Edition 1 | Centre for Australian Army Leadership

By The Centre for Australian Army Leadership October 15, 2020

The Centre for Australian Army Leadership (CAAL) is pleased to launch the inaugural edition of its Leadership Quarterly. 

The first edition, available in the pdf link below was written by our esteemed guest author Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO. Titled Leadership, Character and Ethics in our Profession, the Chief of Army explains his logic behind creating the CAAL in 2019 and discusses the way leadership and culture underpin our profession. 


Building upon the work of the CAAL’s biennial Australian Army Leadership Seminar, the Quarterly’s goal is to generate conversation and contribute to the ‘contest of ideas’ around leadership, character and ethics in the Australian Army. Editions can serve as the basis of leadership development days, study sessions and promotion course preparation.

Intended for release four times per year, the Quarterly is available on the CAAL website (on the DPN). As the Leadership Quarterly will not be provided in print, CAAL has partnered with The Cove to make this publication available online for those with limited or no access to the DPN. Furthermore, there are a number of resources available on the CAAL website such as podcasts and video interviews that will be shared intermittently by The Cove. 

Additionally, the CAAL have been working hard to produce the Australian Army Leadership Programme (AALP) podcast series which will also be made available via The Cove.  These podcasts feature members of the CAAL team in conversation with a range of guests on the AALP’s ‘focal areas’ such as enhancing character, leadership role clarity, critical thinking and contributory dissent to name just a few. 

To date, guests include:

  1. Brigadier Ian Langford, DSC and Bars, Director General Future Land Warfare;

  2. Leadership consultant Tom Harkin;

  3. Warrant Officer Grant McFarlane, OAM, Regimental Sergeant Major - Army;

  4. Brigadier Chris Smith DSC, CSC, Director General Land Operations;

  5. Dr Jemma King, a human performance consultant to 2 Commando Regiment, the Australian Institute of Sport, and the Olympic Swim team;

  6. Director General Army Leadership Brigadier Ana Duncan, CSC;

  7. LTCOL Clare O’Neill, CSC, founder of Grounded Curiosity, Defence Entrepreneurs Forum, Australia and CO designate 51 FNQR; and

  8. Brigadier Rupert Hoskin, AM, currently seconded to the Business Council of Australia, among others. 

The CAAL looks forward to sharing these episodes and introducing concepts from the AALP which will be unpacked further on your next promotion course. 

Want to write the next Leadership Quarterly? Email us your proposal at centreforaustralianarmyleadership-caal [at] dpe.protected.mil.au.

Want to write the book review for the next Leadership Quarterly? Contact us and we’ll send you a book from our reading list for free!

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The Centre for Australian Army Leadership

Formed in 2019 and based in Canberra, the Centre for Australian Army Leadership (CAAL) is the ‘centre of excellence’ developing leadership, character and ethics initiatives within the Australian Army. CAAL is responsible for delivering the Australian Army Leadership Program (AALP) across all promotion courses. Visit the RMC-A DPN page and find the CAAL tab for a range of leadership articles and videos for your next professional military education session. 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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