Eminent Professor Peter Gronn has made a study of leadership for much of his academic career.
Sir James Darling was a liberal reformer, a conscience-driven idealist, an institution-builder, an influential educational leader and an important contributor to many areas of Australian public life
Gronn has meticulously researched and written an authoritative biography, Just as I Am (published by Hardie Grant Books, Dec 2017). This fascinating book provides a detailed account of the life of the young Englishman who came to Australia in 1930 as the headmaster of Geelong Grammar School, and who, after settling in Victoria, became an exceptional visionary leader.
Professor Gronn will present the first lecture in the 2018 Royal Historical Society Lecture Series on Tuesday 20 February.
After his retirement from Geelong Grammar School Sir James was chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, (1961–67). He was involved part-time in broadcasting and television for 14 years and also as an advisor to governments on immigration policy for 19 years and played a high-level advisory role in road safety and the performing arts.
For the 1988 Bicentenary, Sir James Darling was formally acknowledged as one of 200 Australians who had made the nation great.
Peter Gronn is Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge and Monash University. From 2008-2015 he was a Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and, during 2011-2014, he was Head of Faculty.
Prior to Cambridge, he held chair appointments at Monash University (2003-2007) and the University of Glasgow (2007-2008). He is also a Quondam Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Peter has had a longstanding research, teaching and publishing interest in leadership, history and the social sciences.