"Leon has that rare ability to stir the pot with controversial ideas while winning over an audience through his presentation style and quality research. This was vital when he addressed a large group of marketing and management leaders at our recent Editor Forum event."

Grant Butler, Managing Director, Editor Group www.editorgroup.com


  • Melbourne Boys High School (1972 - 1975)
  • La Trobe University, BA (1976 - 1978)


  • National Book Council prize for An Unpromised Land (1993)
  • United Nations Media Peace Award (1997)
  • Professor John Miller Distinguished Achievement Award


  • Australian Institute of Management Journal - (2000-2003)
  • Co-Editor of Management Today



The Age (1990 - current)

Circulation: 204,000 (M-F), 298,000 (Saturday)


Senior Reporter
  • Business (1997-2008)
  • Management reporter focusing on accounting, strategy, globalization, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, executive education, IT, marketing, human resources and regulatory issues, including Sarbanes-Oxley, corporate governance and ethics.


Columnist - Just Managing (1998 - current)
  • Communications reporter (1990-1992)
  • Chief industrial reporter (1992-1993)
  • City Reporter (1993-1996)
  • Insight (investigative) (1996-1997)



Jazz critic - Green Guide (The Age)
(1995 - current)


Sun News-Pictorial (1986 - 1990)

Circulation: 500,000 +

  • General newsroom (1986-1987)
  • State political reporter (1987-1988)
  • Chief state political reporter (1988-1990)


Truth (1984-1986)
  • Police roundsman, chief court reporter


Richmond Clarion (1981-1984)



  • An Unpromised Land (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1993) - winner of National Book Council awardOrganisations Behaving Badly: Pathology In Groups. From The Power of Culture (Ed. Robyn Coy) (McGraw Hill, 2004) Organisations Behaving Badly (John Wiley, 2005) - shortlisted
  • For the Blake Dawson Waldron Award for Business Literature

Public Speaker

For organisations including CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Engineers Australia, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, Monash University, Swinburne University, RMIT University, Australian Human Resources Institute