Educational settings are knowledge communities. They are staffed by people who need to learn, evolve and adapt to changing contexts and expectations. In these settings educational leaders play a pivotal role in providing the right setting for these workers to flourish.
Effective educational leaders are those who:
- Are self-aware
- Understand their leadership style and how it impacts on others
- Can successfully operate across the different dimensions of their portfolio
- Effectively communicate with the diverse members of their community
- Confidently manage both strategic and operational components of their portfolio
- Sponsor a culture that is positive, high-performing and innovative
- Encourage the ongoing learning of their members
- Create a work setting that is conducive to high performance and inclusivity.
These capabilities take time to develop and can be strongly supported by interaction with peers who are also learning to lead. Underpinning theories about leadership and community development also support emerging and evolved leaders.
The opportunity to work with colleagues away from campus, exploring the real nature of academic leadership can be a transformative experience for individuals. Professor Debowski has many years experience in designing programs of this nature for academic heads, research leaders and multi-functional cohort groups.
Each program is designed around your institutional context and the group’s needs. Some individuals will also benefit from executive coaching, particularly if they are novices or leading complex, dysfunctional or under-performing communities. Shelda has many years of expertise in working with these people.