The Great Debate: Do we Need Leaders?
Free Public Lecture
The B117 Theatre, Basement
Melbourne School of Design
Some say that leaders and hierarchies are fundamental for humans to live. As children, our parents or guardians teach us right from wrong, and our teachers educate us in times tables and teamwork.
As we grow up, we seek out leaders to ensure teams operate effectively. Democratic leaders seek input from team members and gifted leaders ensure everybody flourishes. A world without leaders could be chaotic, right?
But then there are authoritarian style leaders, Michael Scott-style leaders, cult leaders, and interesting choices in heads of government, such as the Donald Trumps of the world. Sometimes you have to wonder, do we need leaders at all?
Join us as we call on our most emphatically opinionated psychology academics to tear apart our notions of the necessity of leadership, and their opponents painstaking arguments. There might be costumes, there could be jobs at risk, but we assure you there will be laughs.
Simon Taylor, Comedian and Psychology Alumni
Comedian and Psychology Alumni
Simon Taylor began standup on the Melbourne comedy scene. By the age of 24 he became a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Los Angeles. Since then he has written for Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell on the ABC and for Comedy Central and Netflix in the US. His onehour ABC comedy special, Simon Taylor – Human, aired in early 2017 and went on to feature on iView as well as achieving multiple reruns. The special is also aired on Channel 11 in December of 2017. Simon was also a featured act on ABC’s Comedy Up Late two years running at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.