LV's Annual Leadership Oration 2011

1 September 2011

Wednesday 31st August saw members of Leadership Victoria’s Alumni and other prominent Victorians gather in the Plaza Ballroom for LV’s annual Leadership Oration. This year, attendees were treated to an address by The Hon. Marilyn Warren AC Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, with an introduction by the Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu and MC’d by former ABC broadcaster and LV Alumni Kathy Bowlen (WCLP ’93).

Mr Baillieu spoke with great passion about the important role that strong leadership and a sense of civic duty played in building the Victoria we enjoy today. He acknowledged our forebears who established the universities, courts, churches and libraries that so enrich our lives as Melburnians, and emphasized the need for each generation to cherish and strengthen these institutions. He urged leaders, or those considering leadership positions, to speak up, and to remain positive under the pressure that such roles can bring.

Mr Baillieu then handed over to the night’s Orator, Chief Justice Warren. Justice Warren is the first woman in Australia to be appointed to a state’s most senior judicial position, and just that day had spoken publicly about using social media to modernise the court’s approach to communicating its decisions to the public. She offered a unique perspective on LV’s annual oration topic “On Leadership.”

Justice Warren considered the way in which judges exercise leadership. Unlike politicians or sports stars, it is not a judge’s role to inspire others to greater heights in their personal endeavours. Rather, a good judge is considered and discreet, generally preferring to let the court and the decisions they make therein speak for themselves.

However she did identify a number the 12 qualities that leaders that she admired shared – humanity, loyalty, resilience, determination, a high personal ethic, being just, courage, fervour, creativeness, dignity, intellectual confidence and toughness. Justice Warren explained that encompassing all of these was the virtue of goodness; an observation that undoubtedly many of those in the audience will retain for a good while to come.

After several thoughtful questions from audience members, it was time to close another successful LV Oration. Many guests stayed to mingle, and to discuss the observations and wisdom that had been shared by our esteemed presenters.

Video of the Chief Justice’s Oration has been broken into three parts for easy viewing below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

To view a transcript of the Chief Justice’s Oration, please click here.