World Economic Forum 2013: Impressions [Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldeconomicforum]
Sometimes when you travel, you hear news from home you might have missed in your everyday life. This week I read an interesting article about my local library in Manly, a suburb Sydney, that made me think about leadership.
It made me think about how we choose our heroes. A recent ranking of the most admired Australian women was topped by two Olympians and a number of celebrities. Of course, it is natural to admire the discipline, focus and resilience that drives many great athletes.
Like many young people, Australian children are twice as likely as their Asian peers to have career aspirations of becoming an athlete, singer or actor - and half as likely to dream of becoming an engineer, teacher, doctor or scientist.
As a mother and a citizen who worries about the world's economic future, I find this a worrying statistic. We desperately need technology, education and science to drive innovation.
Davos is a great place to find other sources of inspiration for our kids and ourselves. There are world leaders, social entrepreneurs and young innovators here, this week, focused on finding answers to the challenges of poverty, inequality and desperation. I have, this week, been particularly inspired by technologists like Bill Gates who have started a second career in global philanthropy. And there are plenty of quiet achievers doing good work.
Perhaps you might want to take a minute to think about who inspired you this week and what you learnt from them?