Many hero stories are not built around how people cope with victory but how they cope with defeat. The Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd saga is a case in point and demonstrates that positive and lasting legacies are made when you act with integrity.
Kevin I fear is not going to be remembered for his work as the member for Griffith nor for most of his work as Prime Minister. He is going to be remembered for decisions he is rumoured to have made to destabilise his own party and his leader to serve a private agenda. Meanwhile Julia Gillard has had several events to honour her since she, like Kevin, was removed from office by her own party.
Not withstanding political differences between Julia and Kevin and policy decisions they made the real difference between the two is how they acted in the face of adversity, when their party removed them as leader. Julia after she was deposed as Prime Minister acted with integrity by providing Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister and the Government the room they needed to govern, and participate in an election campaign. Julia even though not the leader was still showing her leadership skills by putting the needs of the her party and her country above her own ego. Whilst Kevin has been tainted as a leader that put integrity to one side in order to try and win back what he had lost and held dear.