Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC is a leading neuroscientist and clinician, former Monash University Vice-Chancellor, the former President and Principal of King’s College London and he now chairs the John Monash Foundation Leadership Academy. In this episode of the Scholars Podcast, Ed discusses the single most important thing for the future of any country, is the next generation and the leaders it produces and nurtures. Leaders take a long time to grow and leadership for young people is a complex thing. Great leadership requires expertise in your discipline or profession and then having the ability to work in community leadership by stepping up and playing a role in public life. The Patron for the Leadership Academy is former Australian Prime Minister, the Honourable Julia Gillard AC who Ed describes as a person of huge goodwill and an absolutely inspirational person and role model. He is emphatic about why we need great leadership now more than ever “We need smart, passionate, gifted young people to lead the country and we need to help them get on with it.” Good leadership is not selfish, it isn’t devoted to the needs of oneself. A good leader has aspirations, they are generous and collegial. In this podcast, you will discover the significance of the Leadership Academy which will ensure John Monash Scholars are supported to develop their leadership skills, so the country can benefit from their brilliance and capacity.