Ice Breakers. Risk Takers. Change Makers.

The world is crying out for a new model of leadership, but what is it? One woman thinks she has the answer. Australian CEO and ‘dreamer’, Fabian Dattner, leads an international group of 76 female scientists on an Antarctic voyage designed to transform them into the sort of leaders they want to be. Her hope is that once these women are primed to lead in science, they will be able to make meaningful change around the world. But onboard, Dattner’s own leadership style and philosophy are both severely tested, as the women’s deeply personal stories of workplace harassment and more are revealed.

Set against the planet’s last untouched wilderness, The Leadership delivers an altogether unexpected and original reflection on what it takes to be a good leader while unearthing the profoundly troubling systemic obstacles to women’s advancement in science and beyond.

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Accessing the Film

All of our resources have clips from the film where required and relevant to the lesson content. The first lesson, Viewing and Responding to the Film, however, requires you to watch the film in its entirety with your class or school and guides you through unpacking the themes of the film. We recommend you complete this lesson prior to continuing with the others. If you do wish to complete this lesson or view the full film, we recommend that you access it via ClickView. If you would like to purchase a copy or find alternative ways to view the film, please head to The Leadership website for further details.

The Leadership is rated M for mature audiences and contains coarse language and themes of sexual harassment and abuse. Consider whether viewing this film or clips is appropriate for your students.

Secondary Education Resources

Viewing And Responding To
The Film – English – Year 10

Students view & respond to the documentary, The Leadership. They engage in a range of jigsaw activities to build their understanding of the themes in the film, inc. feminism, women in STEMM, equality, diversity & sexism in the workplace.

Imposter Syndrome
English – Year 10

Students use teamwork & multimodal stimuli to explore the idea of ‘imposter syndrome’. Students will apply critical and creative thinking skills to identify potential reasons for high rates of imposter syndrome & then to generate possible solutions.

Improving Gender Equality in the Workplace – English
– Year 10

Students will learn authentic ways to face challenging issues with hope. Students will consider the progress that has been made in issues affecting women in STEMM, using clips from the documentary feature film, The Leadership as inspiration.

Investigating Leadership Styles
English – Year 10

Students will consider multiple perspectives and theories on leadership styles, including some presented in the documentary film, The Leadership. They will research the values & behaviours of leaders, determining what they think makes a great leader.

Sexism And Harassment At Work – HPE & Work Studies
– Year 10

Explore how women working in male-dominated workplaces & remote locations struggle with sexual harassment & how this impacts their careers & lives more broadly. They will explore how positive action can support women to overcome these challenges. 

Inclusion And Diversity In The Workplace – HPE & Work Studies – Year 10

Explore how workplace and systemic structures can impact their employees or stakeholders. They investigate how diversity can benefit business and society and likewise, how businesses can adapt their systems to create a better work/life balance for all.

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