Distributed leadership: working together to ride the waves: the action self-enabling reflective tool (ASERT)

Sandra Jones, Marina Harvey, Geraldine Lefoe, Kevin Ryland, Annette Schneider

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    New models of leadership are required if the higher education sector is to continue to provide leading edge change. While multiple theories of leadership exist, the Higher Education sector requires a less hierarchical approach that takes account of its specialised and professional context. This paper explores how an action self enabling tool, developed from research into the experience of several higher education institutions, can be used to support a distributed leadership process to build leadership capacity. While the focus of the project that underpinned the tool was on building leadership capacity of academics for learning and teaching, the findings demonstrate the need for an inclusive participative approach by which professional, administrative and academic staff benefit from collaborating to build a systematic, multi-facetted leadership approach appropriate for the sector.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTertiary Education Management Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationrefereed papers
    EditorsIan R. Dobson, Raj Sharma, Maree Conway
    Place of PublicationCallaghan, N.S.W.
    PublisherATEM Inc. & TEFMA Inc.
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)9780980856316
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventTertiary Education Management Conference - Gold Coast
    Duration: 14 Aug 201117 Aug 2011


    ConferenceTertiary Education Management Conference
    CityGold Coast


    • Distributed leadership
    • leading change
    • collaboration


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